Dr Anna Cristina Pertierra

ARC Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies
Email: a.pertierra@uq.edu.au Phone: (61 7) 3346 9761


Anna Cristina Pertierra is an anthropologist whose central research interests are in media, especially television, and the role of consumption in everyday life. She has regional specialisations in Cuba, Mexico and the Philippines.


BArts (Hons), University of Sydney; PhD, University College London


  • Media ethnography
  • Consumption and material culture
  • Gendered practices and identities (especially women and girls)
  • Latin America and Southeast Asia (Mexico, Cuba and the Philippines)
  • Urban anthropology
I welcome applications from prospective PhD students working in any of the above areas.


Anna’s research interests focus on media and consumption in three countries: Cuba, Mexico and the Philippines. Her new project, funded by an ARC Postdoctoral Fellowship, is a cultural history of television in Mexico, Cuba and the Philippines from 1980-2010. Previously, Anna was employed at the Centre as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow on Graeme Turner’s Federation Fellow Project, and she continues to work on material from that project in the form of an ethnography of television and social mobility in Chetumal, on the Mexico-Belize border.
Anna maintains an ongoing interest in consumption and material culture in contemporary Cuba. In addition to her book Cuba: the struggle for consumption (Caribbean Studies Press, 2011), she works on informal networks of new media in Cuba, the role of digital photography in quinceañera ceremonies of Cuban teenage girls, and cultural consequences of scarcity for Cuban women’s domestic practices including shopping, cooking and home decorating. 
Anna is currently editing a collection on Consumer Culture in Latin America with Professor John Sinclair (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming) and is co-writing a book with Professor Graeme Turner, provisionally entitled Locating Television Today: Zones of Consumption. She has a PhD in Anthropology from University College London and BA (Hons) in Social Anthropology from the University of Sydney.


UQ Research Fellowship in the Humanities and Social Sciences (To be taken up 2014-19).
ARC Postdoctoral Fellowship; part of a $270,000 ARC Discovery Project.
UQ Postdoctoral Fellowship [declined] 
UQ New Staff Start-up Research Fund ($12,000 fieldwork and research assistance.)


2013. (with Graeme Turner). Locating Television: Zones of Consumption. Oxford and New York: Routledge. 
2011. Cuba: the struggle for consumption. Florida: Caribbean Studies Press.
2009. “Private Pleasures: watching videos in post-Soviet Cuba”, “Caribbean Media Worlds”, International Journal of Cultural Studies Vol. 12 (2):113-130 .
2008.“En casa: women households in post-Soviet Cuba” Journal of Latin American Studies Vol. 40 (4):745-769.
2008. (with Patricio Del Real). “Inventar: Recent Struggles and Inventions in Housing in Two Cuban Cities” Buildings and Landscapes Vol. 15:78-92.
2007. “Anthropology that Warms Your Heart: on being a bride in the field”. Anthropology Matters Vol. 8 (2).
Book Chapters

2012. "Quinceañera: Coming of Age through Digital Photography in Cuba", in Anna Cristina Pertierra and John Sinclair (eds), Latin American Consumer Culture. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, pp 149 - 162.

2012. "Understanding Consumer Culture in Latin America: An Introduction", in Anna Cristina Pertierra and John Sinclair (eds), Latin American Consumer Culture. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 1 - 13.
2012. “The more things change, the more they stay the same: rice and beans in modern Cuba”, in Richard Wilk and Livia Barbosa (eds), Rice and Beans: A Unique Dish in a Hundred Places. Oxford: Berg Publishers, pp 35 - 60.
2011. “Materialising Scarcity: the material culture of homes in urban Cuba”, in Olivia Cunha (ed.), Outras Ilhas - espaços, temporalidades e transformações em Cuba. Rio de Janeiro: FAPERJ/Aeroplano Press, pp. 395-423.
2009.“Anthropology that Warms Your Heart: on being a bride in the field”, in Erin Brooke Taylor (ed.), Fieldwork Identities. Florida: Caribbean Studies Press, pp. 173-196.
2009. “Creating order through struggle in revolutionary Cuba”. In Daniel Miller (ed.), Anthropology and the Individual. Oxford: Berg, pp. 145-158.
Edited Collections
2012. Anna Cristina Pertierra and John Sinclair (eds), Latin American Consumer Culture. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
A full list of Dr Pertierra’s publications, including fulltext links, can be accessed via UQ eSpace.
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