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Fiesta Patronal de Yaguaron, Paraguay, summer 2007
 Research Interests:   
I am a PhD student in Cultural Anthropology at the CUNY Graduate Center focusing on Latin America, working on issues of US/Latin America relations, border communities, the military and "the state," transnational identities, and diasporas within Latin America as well as work on the construction of identity, nationality, and race in Spanish Caribbean cuisine.

 Publications:
Journal Articles (Peer-reviewed)
2010          Stimulating Consumption: Yerba Mate Myths, Markets, and Meanings from Conquest to Present. Comparative Studies in Society and History 52:1, 6-36.

2008          Fine Dining: Race in Pre-Revolution Cuban Cookbooks. Latin American Research Review 43:2, 205-223.

Book Reviews
Forthcoming:            Seeing and the State in Argentina, Brazil, and Cuba. Review of "The Optic of the State: Visuality and Power in Argentina and Brazil." by Jens Andermann and "Hidden Powers of State in the Cuban Imagination." by Kenneth Routon. Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology.

2008          Review of "The Curse of Nemur. In Search of the Art, Myth, and Ritual of the Ishir." by Ticio Escobar. Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology 13:1, 225-228.

 Presentations:
2011           Managing Expectations: Spectacles of Corruption, Rituals of Patronage. Presented at "Managers of Things, or What do Managers Imagine Themselves to be Managing?" panel at the 110th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Montreal, November 15 - 20.

2011           Journeys of Empire: the Robertson brothers' Letters on Paraguay. Paper presented at "Truth, Authorship and Credibility in Travellers' Narratives" panel at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Seattle, April 12 - 16.

2010           Paraguayan Nation-State Making: The Power Plays of Recovering Hydroelectric Sovereignty. Paper presented at "The State: Fixity and Circulation" panel (co- organizer) at 109th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, New Orleans, November 17 - 21.

2010           The Stakes of a City: Ciudad del Este as Competing Territorial Strategies. Paper presented at "Sombras del Estado, Prácticas Cotidianas y Lo Urbano en el Cono Sur" session at XXIX International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association, Toronto, Canada, October 6 - 9.

2009           El Estado Paraguayo Opaco: la Corrupción y la Transparencia. Paper presented at VIII Reunión de Antropología del Mercosur, Buenos Aires, Argentina, September 28 - October 2.

2009           Tentaciones Hidroeléctricas y los Juegos del Poder: Interpretando el Estado Paraguayo en el Marco de Itaipú, como Frontera Binacional. Paper presented at VIII Reunión de Antropología del Mercosur, Buenos Aires, Argentina, September 28 - October 2.

2008           Stimulating Consumption: Myth, Market, and Meaning in Yerba Mate. Paper presented at Works in Progress in Latin American Society and History, New York University, New York, March 31.

2007           Fine Dining: Race in Pre-Revolution Cuban Cookbooks. Paper presented at Rethinking Boundaries: Transformations in Methods and Approaches to Atlantic History, New York University, New York, February.

  Grants and Awards  
2010          Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship
2008          IIE Fulbright Dissertation Research Grant
2008          Wenner-Gren Foundation Dissertation Fieldwork Grant
2007          Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (intensive Guaraní), Summer
2004-08          CUNY Chancellor's Fellowship

  Education:               
  • CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK New York, PhD 2012
    coursework in cultural anthropology and geography with a focus on Latin America and the Latino Diaspora in the US, the state, transnational identities, political economy, cultural and political effects of border identities.


  • HARVARD-RADCLIFFE COLLEGE Cambridge, MA           BA History 1998
    Graduated with honors; coursework in European history, comparative religion, and photography.






  • Christine Folch  
    Adjunct Professor   
    PhD 2012, CUNY     
          
          
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    Interests:
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Latin America
  • US/Latin America relations
  • Diasporas
  • Transnational identities
  • Courses Taught:
  • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (101)
  • Stimulants and Culture (239)