L. Kaifa Roland (Ph.D., Duke University, 2004)

My research is in the area of cultural anthropology with specific interests in tourism, national identity, racial and gender constructions, popular cultural practices, and critiques of capitalism.  With a regional focus on the Caribbean and the broader African Diaspora, I have conducted extensive field research in Cuba.  My recently completed book manuscript -- entitled Cuban Color in Tourism and La Lucha -- describes the shifting intersections of race, class, sexuality, and belonging.  From my research interests, I have developed a course curriculum that considers the global processes that have shaped cultural practice in Cuba and the Caribbean historically and analyzes a variety of popular responses to the pressures of global capitalism today. 

L. Kaifa Roland

Selected Publications:

  • Forthcoming. Cuban Color in Tourism and La Lucha. Book manuscript submitted to various presses.
  • 2002. “Yolanda T. Moses: 1996-1997” in Celebrating a Century of the American Anthropological Association:  Presidential Portraits, eds., Regna Darnell and Frederic W. Gleach.  American Anthropological Association, Lincoln, NE, University of Nebraska Press.
  • 2008. “After Fidel, Much the Same.”  Round-table commentary for Transforming Anthropology 16(1):67-68. PDF
  • 2006. “Tourism and the Negrificación of Cuban Identity” Transforming Anthropology, 14(2):151-162. PDF