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Adriana Chira

Doctoral Candidate in Anthropology & History

1029 Tisch Hall, Ann Arbor MI 48109-1003

  • Fields of Study
    • Slavery, Iberian Atlantic, free people of color, Cuba, comparative studies of race
  • About

    Titled "Uneasy Intimacies: Race, Family, and Property in Santiago de Cuba, 1803-1868," my dissertation explores the emergence of a large and politically mobilized class of free people of color in Cuba’s eastern borderlands. It specifically focuses on the impact that this class had on official and vernacular regimes of socioracial identification. Santiago de Cuba was a hub in informal circum-Caribbean exchange networks throughout the long nineteenth century, and was the originating point of Cuba’s famed ideal of a "racial confraternity" during the Cuban War of Independence (1868-1898). Drawing on thousands of notarial and sacramental records, manuscript census returns, legal cases, and official correspondence collected in archives in Cuba, Spain, France, the U.S., and the U.K. over two years, I argue that this ideal and its idiosyncratic modes of exclusion developed out of earlier everyday racial politics in colonial Santiago.

    My next project will focus on child captives in the nineteenth-century trans-Atlantic slave trade to Cuba and Brazil and their work on coffee plantations.

  • Education
    • BA University of Cambridge (King's College),Archaeology and Anthropology
    • MA Cornell University, Sociocultural Anthropology
  • Awards
    • James R. Scobie Award (CLAH), 2011
    • Social Science Research Council--International Dissertation Research Fellowship, 2012
    • Casa de Velázquez scholarship, 2012