I have been conducting ethnographic fieldwork with Cuban musicians since 2004, primarily in the cities of Havana, Matanzas, and Santiago. I spent 10 months on the island in 2006 and 2007, during which time I established relationships with dozens of musicians and groups, networked with local scholars and state cultural officials, and conducted archival research at various Cuban institutions.
I have also worked as a research consultant for the Institute for Scientific Analysis (Alameda, CA), conducting a qualitative analysis of 30 in-depth interviews related to drug use and body image, and drafting an article discussing the results.
– In-depth training in a variety of qualitative research methods, including participant-observation, interviewing, documentation through field notes, networking with musicians
– Skilled in long-term research design and implementation
– Highly skilled in analysis of popular culture in the United States and Latin America
– Skilled in musical analysis and transcription
– Fluent in Spanish with ability to transcribe interviews from Spanish to English
– Experience managing limited budget for fieldwork
– Expertise operating a range of fieldwork technology, such as digital music recorder, video camera, digital camera
– Extensive experience communicating research outcomes to diverse audiences