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Elena Guzman is a PhD candidate in the department of Anthropology at Cornell University. She did her undergraduate degree at CUNY Hunter College majoring in Anthropology and minoring in Africana Puerto Rican and Latino Studies. Her research interests include Caribbean dance and music, feminist and activist practice, blackness in Latin America and the Caribbean, and ethnographic film. Her dissertation research focuses Haitian and Dominican history, relations, and identity on the border of Hispaniola through performative spaces such as carnival and the spiritual practices of Rara and Gaga in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
Caribbean, performance, visual anthropology