November 19, 2020 12:30 PM to 2:00 PMOnline
One of the earliest highlights of the 2020 election results was the unexpectedly conservative vote in Miami-Dade county. Cuban-Americans in South Florida across generations backed Trump with unprecedented vigor and excitement and played a crucial role in securing the state for the Republican candidate. What was it about Trump's political rhetoric and public personality that appealed so specifically to this constituency that had been trending to the left in recent years? Dr. Ariana Hernández-Reguant is a cultural anthropologist whose ethnographic research in South Florida offers insight into both the concrete and intangible motivations behind the Cuban American vote. In conversation with Tulane's Dr. Carolina Caballero, Dr. Hernández-Reguant will discuss what took Cuban-Americans to the polls for Trump this time around, effectively sealing the electoral fate of one of the most critical swing states in the nation.
*Ariana Hernandez-Reguant* is a Visiting Research Assistant Professor at the Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute. She is a cultural anthropologist studying the public expression of social and political ideologies, including ideologies of race, within institutions and social contexts of interpretation. She spent several years in Cuba during the 1990s and did fieldwork at state media outlets, recording studios, and new advertising agencies on the commercialization of culture and its impact on socialist governance. Lately, she has been doing research in Miami on Spanish-language media and performances of race and citizenship among Cuban immigrants, and is in the process of writing her findings into a book. At present, she is conducting new research on citizenship and notions of freedom in Hialeah, FL. Her publications have appeared in academic books and journals as well as in the popular press, online blogs and zines, and art tabloids.
Ariana is the founder and moderator of the international network of Cuba scholars that coalesce in the EthnoCuba Facebook group, with over 700 members. Since 2015, she is the editor-in-chief of Cuba Counterpoints, a webzine on Cuban and Cuban-American affairs, culture, and the arts that is the public voice of the scholarly Cubanist community.