Anthropology Essays

2015 “Read More, Write Less,” Savage Minds, February 2, 2015.

2015 “Goodbye Comadre,” Savage Minds, January 26, 2015.

2012 “What Renato Rosaldo Gave Us,” Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies 37:1: 205-211.

2011 “The Death of the Angel: Reflections on the Relationship between Enlightenment and Enchantment in the Twenty-first Century,” Temenos 47:1: 77-96.

2011 “Folklore and the Search for Home,” in Narrative Acts: Rhetoric, Race and Identity, Knowledge, edited by Debra Journet, Beth A. Boehm, and Cynthia E. Britt, New York: Hampton Press: 207-222.

2009 “Believing in Anthropology as Literature,” in Anthropology Off the Shelf: Anthropologists on Writing, edited by Alisse Waterston and Maria D. Vesperi. West Sussez: Wiley-Blackwell: 106-116.

2003 “The Anthropologist’s Son,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, vol 55 (13) 2008: B99.

2003 “Ethnography and the book that was lost,” Ethnography, vol 4(1) 2003: 15-39.

2003 “Everything I Kept: Reflections of an Anthropoeta,” in Women Writing and Resistance in Latin America, edited by Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez (Cambridge: South End Press, 2003): 47-58.

2002 “While Waiting for the Ferry to Cuba: Afterthoughts about Adio Kerida,” Michigan Quarterly Review, vol 41 (4), Fall: 651-667. Reprinted in The Jewish Diaspora in Latin America and the Caribbean: Fragments of Memory, edited by Kristin Ruggiero, Sussex Academic Press, 2005, and Memory and Oblivion:Modern Jewish Culture in Latin America, edited by Marjorie Agosin, University of Texas Press, 2005.

2001 “Yellow marigolds for Ochún: An experiment in feminist ethnographic fiction,” Qualitative Studies in Education 14 (2): 107-116.

2001 “Anthropology’s Epiphanies: Some Things I Learned From James Fernandez,” Anthropology and Humanism 25 (2): 1-6.

2000 “Post-Utopia: The Erotics of Power and Cuba’s Revolutionary Children,” in Cuba, the Elusive Nation: Interpretations of National Identity, edited by Damián J. Fernandez and Madeline Cámara Betancourt (Gainesville: University Press of Florida): 134-154.

2000 “Honeymoon Nightgowns That A Black Woman Saved for a White Woman: A Perilous Journey into the Cuban Historical Imagination,” American Studies 41:2/3 (Summer/Fall 2000): 287-302.

1999 “Ethnography: Cherishing Our Second-Fiddle Genre,” Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, special issue on “Ethnography: Reflections at the Century’s Turn,” vol. 28, no. 5 (October, 1999): 472-484.

1997 “A Woman’s Body is Her Country: Cuba, Art Review,”  in ii: The Journal of the International Institute. Winter 1998, pp. 6-7. (Reprinted from bilingual English/Spanish essay featured in artist catalogue prepared for exhibition of “Little Pieces of Me For Sale: Cuban Geishas/Mis Pedacitos en Venta: Geishas Desde Cuba,” October 20-28, 1997).

1995 “In Dialogue: The Couple in the Cage: A Guatinaui Odyssey,” Visual Anthropology Review, vol. 11, no. 1 (Spring 1995): 118-121.

1993 “Expanding the Boundaries of Anthropology: The Cultural Criticism of Gloria Anzaldúa and Marlon Riggs,” Visual Anthropology Review, vol. 9, no. 2, Fall: 83-91.

1992 “A Life Story to Take Across the Border: Notes on an Exchange,” in George Rosenwald and Richard Ochberg, eds., Storied Lives:Cultural Conditions of Self-Understanding (New Haven: Yale Univ. Press): 108-123.

1990 “The Struggle for the Church: Popular Anticlericalism and Religiosity in Post-Franco Spain,” in Religious Orthodoxy and Popular Faith in European Society edited by Ellen Badone. (Princeton: Princeton University Press): 76-112.

1989 “Photographing Mexican Women,” Michigan Feminist Studies, no. 4, fall: 38-59.

1989 “Sexual Witchcraft, Colonialism, and Women’s Powers: Views from the Mexican Inquisition,” in Sexuality and Marriage in Colonial Spanish America, edited by Asunción Lavrin. (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, Latin American Studies Series): 178-206.

1987 “Sex and Sin, Witchcraft and the Devil in Late-Colonial Mexico.” American Ethnologist, special issue, Frontiers of Christian Evangelism, edited by Jane Schneider and Shirley Lindenbaum, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 34-54.

1987 “The Visions of a Guachichil Witch in 1599: A Window on the Subjugation of Mexico’s Hunter-Gatherers” Ethnohistory, vol. 32, no. 2, pp. 115-138.

1985 “Past and Present in the Spanish Countryside.” Natural History, November, pp. 68-75. (Received the 1986 Award for Best Geographic Education from the National Council for Geographic Education.)