Joseph Torres-Gonzalez

Ph.D. Anthropology, University at Albany - SUNY [In progress]
B.A. Social Sciences & Anthropology, University of Puerto Rico, 2014


Research Interests:
Market and Coffee Culture, Political Economy of Coffee, Economic Anthropology, Economic History of Latin America & the Caribbean, Anthropology & History, Globalization, Urbanism and the City

Area of Study / Field site:
Puerto Rico

Academic Advisor & Subfield:
Dr. Walter Little; Cultural Anthropology

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I am a cultural anthropology student who is interested in coffee as a cultural commodity, particularly it's relationship between consumption and production, focusing on marketing techniques and approaches. I am keen to historical and ethnographic methods, using political economy and history to inform my research theme. My field site is Puerto Rico, moving into markets and expositions of coffee related products, such as coffee shops and other sites.


Spring 2014 Teaching Assistant, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Puerto Rico SOCI 3305- Demography; Dr. Vivianna M. De Jesús-Monge, Assistant Professor

2016 - 2017 Academic Year Graduate Tuition Scholarship, Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies, University at Albany.
Summer 2016 - Graduate Student Association (GSA) Professional Development Grant, University at Albany
Fall 2015 - Graduate Student Association (GSA) Professional Development Grant, University at Albany

Summer 2016 - Student, Health Equity Alliance of Tallahassee (HEAT) Ethnographic Field School University of Florida, Gainesville (Financed by the National Science Foundation) – 5 weeks Supervisors: Dr. Clarence Gravlee (University of Florida) & Dr. Sarah Szurek (Arizona State University)
2013-2014 - Research Assistant, “Ethnographic Overview and Assessment of the San Juan National Historic Site”, Florida International University (Project Financed by the National Park Service) – 9 months Supervisors: Dr. Jorge Duany (Florida International University), Dr. Vivianna M. De Jesús-Monge & Dr. Juan Caraballo-Resto (University of Puerto Rico)