Corinna Moebius, PhD
Corinna Moebius is a PhD Candidate and Graduate Teaching Assistant in GSS.
Corinna’s research focuses on racial politics of public memory and public space in the U.S. and Cuba, heritage tourism, and diasporic practices of placemaking. Her dissertation, "Putting Commemorative Bodies in Place: Transnational Racial Politics of Public Memory and Public Space in Little Havana’s Heritage District,” examines racial/spatial battles over public memory and public space in a so-called “ethnic” context where discourses of “colorblindness” or “racelessness” occlude the persistence of racial hierarchies and racial/spatial orderings, and where a discourse of “multiculturalism” essentializes diasporic groups without acknowledging inter-racial tensions or solidarity. It also examines how local and transnational racial politics intersect in Little Havana’s heritage district, and how diverse racialized and ethnicized social actors make, reproduce, and contest racially coded forms of public memory in the district. Corinna has presented her work on this and related topics at international academic conferences and is the co-author, with Dr. Guillermo Grenier, of “A History of Little Havana” (The History Press, 2015).
In 2014, Corinna was a Latino Museum Studies Program Fellow with the Smithsonian Institution’s Latino Center, and in 2017 will serve as a Cuban Heritage Collection Research Fellow at the University of Miami. She is a board member of the Live Healthy Little Havana, an initiative coordinated by the City of Miami and supported by the Health Foundation of South Florida to promote healthier living in Little Havana; she also serves on the Advisory Boards of the Koubec Center (a community cultural center in Little Havana) and Me Importa Little Havana, a community visioning process involving the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Before returning to graduate school, she ran her own consulting business and at one point in her career served as the director of Imagine Miami, a countywide civic engagement initiative for South Florida (hosted by Catalyst Miami), through which she organized a series of conferences aimed at promoting connection and collaboration among diverse local grassroots community leaders.
Corinna received her MA in Anthropology from FIU in 2016, as well as an MA in Speech Communication from California State University, Northridge in 1996. She earned a self-designed, interdisciplinary degree in “Anthropology & Communications,” with a minor in Geography, from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1989.