Sharon Qiu

Sharon Qiu

Sharon Qiu

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Governance, Informal Sector, Critical Ethnography, Socialism, Political Economy, Cuba, Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Sharon Qiu is a PhD Candidate with research focuses on Cuba. She did fieldwork about the elders' living situation in nursing homes in China. Later, she conducted intermittent fieldwork in Santiago de Cuba and Havana between 2018 to 2022. She is interested in Cuba because Cuba shares asynchronous popular responses with China under similar political configurations, regardless of ethnicity, geography, languages, and other cultural differentiations in these two late-socialist countries. More specifically, through ethnographic researches, she looks into Cuban people's post-revolutionary livelihood by studying governance and informal culture. Qiu teaches undergraduate courses for the Department of Sociology and Anthropology in Mason.

Courses Taught

ANTH 114: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

ANTH 302: Peoples and Cultures of Latin America

Education

M.A. in Anthropology, Louisiana State University

B.L. in Sociology, Shanghai University of Political Science and Law

Recent Presentations

2024  “The Expansion of Living Struggles: Searching for Alternatives on the Plazas” at Annual Meeting of Cultural Studies Association (CSA), Online

2023  "Governance, Rituality, and Waithood of Public Life in Post-socialist Cuba" at Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association (AAA)& Société canadienne d'anthropologie/the Canadian Anthropology Society (CASCA), Toronto, Canada

2023  "To the End of the Line: Economic Transition, Tourism, and Everyday Waiting in Cuba" at 47th Conference of the Caribbean Studies Association (CSA), US Virgin Islands at St. Croix, the United States of America

2019  "Parque Céspedes: Tourism and Market in Post-revolutionary Cuba" at Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association (AAA)& Société canadienne d'anthropologie/the Canadian Anthropology Society (CASCA), Vancouver BC, Canada