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1007 W. Harrison Street
My dissertation research explores the diverse ways race, family ancestry narratives and genetic ancestry knowledge intersects among the Cuban-American community of Miami-Dade County. Using personal and family narratives as a lens my project aims to uncover the ways in which gaining genetic ancestry knowledge impacts existing notions of ethnoracial identities and ancestry narratives in the diaspora. My preliminary research has focused on gathering ethnographic interviews among first- and second- generation Cuban Americans in Miami as well as Cubans in La Habana, Varadero, and Sancti Spiritus, Cuba to understand the multiple ways race and ancestry are conceptualized. My first field season to Miami and La Habana were supported by the University of Illinois' Chancellor's Graduate Research Award.
University of Illinois at Chicago, Inter-University Program for Latino Research/UIC Mellon Fellowship Program, 2021-22, Fellow
Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy, Dissertation Research Grant, 2018, Principal Investigator
University of Illinois at Chicago, Graduate Student Council Travel Award, 2018, Awardee
University of Illinois at Chicago, Graduate Student Council Travel Award, 2017, Awardee
University of Illinois at Chicago, Chancellor's Graduate Research Award, 2016, Principal Investigator
Elizabeth Obregón (2021) Así son los cubanos: narratives of race and ancestry, Ethnic and Racial Studies, 44:11, 2135-2153, DOI: 10.1080/01419870.2020.1823447
Service to Community
Mentorship with two undergraduate, Latina, Anthropology students to go over ethnographic research and literature on topics of race in Latin American and U.S.;
Moderator for Second City Anthropology Conference held in Chicago, IL on March 10, 2018;
Scribe for Siglo XXI Conference on the Mapping of Latino Research held in San Antonio, TX on May 19, 2017;
Abstract Committee Head for BARFAA conference hosted at UIC in October 2015;
Sparks Volunteer for two Mollison Elementary School students during Fall semester 2014;
Tech Assistant during Second City Anthropology Conference held at UIC in March 2014.
2016, Graduate Concentration in Latin American and Latinno Studies (LALS), University of Illinois at Chicago
2011, Departmental Honors - Highest Distinction in Anthropology (BA Degree), University of Illinois at Chicago
MA, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2015
BA, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2011
"Transnational Naratives of Race and Ancestry: on the island and the diaspora" Cuban Studies Program Graduate Student Symposium: New Voices in Cuba Studies held at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA on November 30, 2018
"Race and ancestry in Cuba and in the diaspora constructing ethnoracial identity in Miami and La Habana" Latin American Studies Association held in Barcelona, Spain on May 24, 2018.
"Transnational Cubanidades: constructing ethnoracial identity in Miami and La Habana" Second City Anthropology Conference held at UIC in Chicago, IL on March 10, 2018.
Researcher and presenter for Siglo XXI Conference on the Mapping of Latino Research held in San Antonio, TX on May 19, 2017.
"Cuban Identity: on the island and in the diaspora" La Academia del Pueblo Latino/a and Latin American Studies Research Conference held at Wayne State in Detroit, MI on April 29, 2017.