Class of 2014
Grete Viddal is an anthropologist who conducted fieldwork in Cuba and in Haiti. She is the Zemurray-Stone Postdoctoral Fellow at the Stone Center for Latin America at Tulane University. Her ethnographic research is based in the eastern provinces of Cuba, which were host to several waves of migration from Haiti. Viddal's book in progress, Vodú Chic: Cuba's Haitian Heritage, the Folkloric Imaginary, and the State, explores how folkloric performance groups, religious practitioners, government programs, academic institutes, and transnational contacts interface with Haitiano-Cubano identity.
Viddal has published in the New West Indian Guide, the Journal of Haitian Studies, Arr: a Norwegian journal of intellectual history, ReVista: the Harvard Review of Latin America, and contributed to the edited volume Making Caribbean Dance, published by University Press of Florida.
Her research interests include Latin America and the Caribbean, cultural policy in Post-Soviet States, the interface of Folklore and Tourism, Afro-Atlantic religion, Diaspora Studies, the Anthropology of Dance, Embodiment & Performance Theory, and Gender Studies. She has taught courses such as “Revolutionary Identities in the Caribbean: Cuba and Haiti” and “Caribbean Religions in Transnational Perspective.”