Research Associate: Michele DeSando

Michelle DeSando

Research Associate, Fall 2008 and 2006-07

Michele DeSando is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her dissertation Aesthetics and Citizenship: Women and Cultural Policy in Cuba examines how citizenship and feelings of belonging in Cuba are affected by the way that everyday life, development discourse and government policy combine to create a paradigm of who is a good citizen. This study is based on fieldwork with the women’s programs of a community development project in Havana and from training classes for cultural development workers at the Ministry of Culture. Desando is also finishing two articles on food and tourism in Cuba. After completing her doctorate she hopes to return to a project that examines the links between development organizations, the state and local AfroPeruvian women’s groups in Peru.