Lucia Cantero is an anthropologist concerned with the intersection of aesthetics, politics and identity. Her areas of research include Latin America and the Black Atlantic, political economy, visual culture, urban ethnography, transnationalism and globalization, media and cultural studies and critical theory. She is particularly drawn to issues of branding, advertising and markets as sites for the construction of political subjectivity and the ways this process inflects constructions of race, class, and sexuality.
Some of her forthcoming publications include "Canned Latinidad: Goya Products and the Branding of Diaspora," "The Waste of Accumulation: Mega-Events and the Shock of Order in Rio de Janeiro" and an adaptation of her doctoral dissertation, "Specters of the Market: Consumer-Citizenship and the Visual Politics of Race and Inequality in Brazil." This recent research examines the role that global development projects, mega-events like the Olympics and the World Cup, have on local subjects, public space and economies. Her work has been supported by the Mellon Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation and the Social Science Research Council.
- PhD in the Department of Anthropology and African American Studies, Yale University.
- MA Social Sciences, University of Chicago
- BA Social Sciences, University of Chicago
- Politics of visual culture, race and consumerism in urban Brazil
Current book project: Specters of the Market: Consumer Citizenship and the Visual Politics of Race and Inequality in Brazil