Elise L. Andaya

Office: Arts & Sciences Building, Room 241
Ph: (518) 442-4224
E-mail: eandaya@albany.edu                           Publications
Ph.D., New York University, 2007                     Curriculum Vitae

Elise L. Andaya Elise Andaya is a cultural anthropologist specializing in gender and medical anthropology. Her dissertation fieldwork was in Havana, Cuba, on shifts in reproduction, gender ideologies, and kinship strategies since the devastating economic and ideological crisis precipitated by the fall of the socialist bloc. Moving from observations of reproductive health consultations in neighborhood clinics to interviews with women and their families, academics, and medical professionals, she examines the effects of broad political-economic change on familial and reproductive life. She is also currently working with social scientists to analyze data from a 5-year study on breastfeeding practices in the Bronx, New York City.


Research Interests

Cuba, Latin America, the Caribbean; gender; kinship and reproduction; populational change; medical anthropology; health and health care; cultures of socialist and post-socialist states; race; migration and transnationalism; personhood and changing ethical systems.



In revision “Reproducing the Revolution: Gender, Kinship, and the State in Contemporary Cuba.”

Peer-Reviewed Articles and Book Chapters

2009 “The Gift of Health: Cuban Medical Practice, Socialist Morality, and the Post-Soviet Economy.” Medical Anthropology Quarterly 23(4):357-374.

2009 “Fieldwork Relations: Reflections on Identity and Ethnographic Methodology in Havana, Cuba.” In edited volume, Fieldwork Identities, Erin Taylor, ed. Caribbean Studies Press.

Articles and Book Chapters

2008 “La Reproducción de las Poblacions y de las Personas: El Acercamiento entre la Demografía y la Antropología Feminista Norteamericana,” in Familias y Culturas en el Espacio Latinamericano, David Robichaux and Ana Vera Estrada, eds. University of Mexico Press.

2009 “Bearing Children, Bearing the Revolution: A Ground-Level Analysis of Fertility, Population Policy, and Human Rights in Cuba.” In Between Life and Death: Governing Populations in an Era of Human Rights, Sabine Berking and Magdalena Zolkos, eds. New York and Berlin: Peter Lang.