Research Associate: Michele DeSando

Research Associate, 2006-07

Michele DeSando is a doctoral candidate in 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 define 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 writing on food and tourism in Cuba. After completing her doctorate she hopes to examine the links between development organizations, the state and local AfroPeruvian women’s groups in Peru.