IMS Alumni

Christine Vassallo-Oby (neé Preble)



PhD, Univeristy at Albany, SUNY, 2014

MA, Univeristy at Albany, SUNY, Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies 2006

BA, Siena College, Spanish Education 

Research Interests

Christine Preble is a Cultural Anthropology Ph.D. Candidate at the University at Albany - SUNY.  Her M.A. thesis and short documentary film, "North America’s Caribbean Cruise Vacation: The Globalized Authentic," focuses on the transnational forces of the U.S.-based cruise ship industry and its cultural and economic effects throughout port-of-call communities in the Caribbean. Her dissertation, "Consumption and Commodification: Cruise Ship Tourism in Cozumel, Mexico" is about U.S.-based cruise ship mass tourism with a focus on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, specifically cruise ship tourism on the island of Cozumel.  She is currently finishing writing her dissertation after successfully completing fieldwork in Cozumel.  The focal point of her dissertation investigates the ways the local community of Cozumel negotiates, adapts, and reworks the constraints, opportunities, and challenges  the U.S-based cruise ship industry has created on the island.