Liza BakewellLiza Bakewell earned her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and her Ph.D. from Brown University. In 1991 she was hired onto the faculty at Brown where she remained as a professor for twenty-two years, first teaching Linguistic Anthropology and upper-level seminars on Latin America in the Department of Anthropology and later conducting research at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS). At CLACS she directed The Mesolore Project, a co-authored website on Mesoamerica. Since leaving Brown she co-founded Maine Women Write, an organization charged with promoting the works of Maine women writers. Her publications include A Gateless Garden: Quotes by Maine Women Writers (2015 Maine Women Write), Madre: Perilous Journeys with a Spanish Noun (W.W. Norton 2011, U. New Mexico 2012), Mesolore.org (Brown University 2012), Looking High and Low: Art and Cultural Identity (U. Arizona Press, 1995); Object Image Inquiry: The Art Historian at Work (Getty Foundation, 1988). Her article “Image Acts,” published in American Anthropologist. (Vol. 100 (1): 12-22, 1991), is cited in numerous publications. She has taught courses in language and culture at Brown University, Bowdoin College, and Colgate University. Bakewell is the recipient of several National Science Foundation Grants (1988, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2008), National Endowment for the Humanities Grant (2008), Davis Educational Foundation Grant (2008), Ford Foundation grants (1996, 1998, 1999, 2000), and Fulbright Fellowships (1987-88; 2009-10). She lives in coastal Maine with her family. She is currently writing a novel, after which she will return to narrative enthnography and creative non-fiction.
Timothy HallI am a psychological anthropologist and a psychiatrist, based in the Center for Behavioral & Addiction Medicine in the Department of Family Medicine at UCLA since 2011. My research interests include processes of sexual identity formation and maintenance, HIV risk factors, and mental health particularly among LGBT populations.
L. Kaifa RolandAs an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Colorado-Boulder, my 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, I have conducted extensive field research in Cuba. My first book-length ethnography — entitled Cuban Color in Tourism and La Lucha (Oxford University Press 2011) — describes the shifting intersections of race, class, sexuality, and belonging. From my research interests, I have developed a course curriculum that considers the global processes that have shaped cultural practice in Cuba and the Caribbean historically and analyzes a variety of popular responses to the pressures of global capitalism today.
Erkan SakaErkan Saka is an assistant professor at the School of Communication at Istanbul’s Bilgi University. He teaches New Media Cultures and Cyber-Anthropology. He earned BA and MA degrees at the Sociology Department of Bogaziçi University, Istanbul. He received his PhD at the Anthropology Department of Rice University (Houston, USA). He has been a political blogger since June 2004 (http://erkansaka.net). He is a co-coordinator of a Citizen Journalism Training Program at Bilgi Egitim and he coordinated and presented the TV showSosyalKafa on new media at netd.com and BJK TV in Turkey.