• Contact Info
Publications in VIVO
 

Roland, L. Kaifa Associate Professor

Positions

Research Areas research areas

Research

research overview

  • Dr. Roland's 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, she has conducted extensive field research in Cuba. Dr. Roland's next research project will investigate how black women entrepreneurs running home-based businesses negotiate the culturally constructed meanings associated with race, gender, sexuality, and class in post Castro Cuba.

keywords

  • Race, gender, tourism, entrepreneurship, belonging, national identity, hair politics, consumerism, socialist transitions, Cuba, Caribbean

Publications

selected publications

Teaching

courses taught

  • ANTH 1115 - The Caribbean in Post-Colonial Perspective
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Introduces the student to the varied peoples and cultures in the Caribbean region, emphasizing the historical, colonial, and contemporary political-economic contexts of their social structure and cultural patterns.
  • ANTH 4020 - Explorations in Anthropology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Special topics in cultural and physical anthropology, as well as archaeology. Check with the department for semester offerings. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours. Same as ANTH 5020.
  • ANTH 4735 - Contemporary Cuban Culture: Race, Gender and Power
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2019 / Spring 2020
    Ground students' understanding of contemporary Cuba within the global context. How do those outside the island imagine Cuba and why? What are the realities? In a world of U.S. dominated globalization, only recently have we relaxed a forceful economical blockade on the island: what does the U.S. mean in the Cuban imaginary, both in the past and present? To attend to global processes as they affect local (Cuban) experience, texts from anthropology, history, policy, literature, film and music will be drawn upon. Students will learn how long-standing patterns regarding race, color, class and gender relations have evolved into the socialist and now the post-socialist context. Same as ANTH 5735.
  • ANTH 5020 - Explorations in Anthropology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Special topics in cultural and physical anthropology, as well as archaeology. Check with the department for semester offerings. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours. Same as ANTH 4020.
  • ANTH 7620 - Seminar: Ethnography and Cultural Theory
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Explores how ethnographic writing has evolved over the past century to incorporate different forms of cross-cultural representation and to accommodate new theoretical paradigms. Includes ethnographic authority and reflexivity, as well as embedded theories and blurred genres of cultural research.

Background

International Activities

global connections related to teaching and scholarly work (in recent years)

Other Profiles