Graduate Student | PhD Candidate
Alexandra P. Gelbard is currently a visiting scholar and Ph.D. Candidate with a concentration in sociology in the department of Global and Sociocultural Studies at Florida International University in Miami. Her research focuses on the African presence in Cuba, community formation, religion, cultural production, and street processionals utilizing an interdisciplinary approach that is rooted in African Diaspora Studies, sociology, history, and anthropology. Her dissertation examined the formation of the Los Hoyos community in Santiago de Cuba, and the social function of the mobile, community-based interactive music genre of conga. She is currently working on the book manuscript tentatively titled, Los Hoyos del Africa: Communities of Consciousness and Cultural Production in Santiago de Cuba. She also works on the Cabildo de Regla project, a community-based collaboration to re-initiate the annual Orisha processional in Regla, La Habana, Cuba, as a researcher and the coordinator of the visual and multi-media documentary team to provide artistic photographs and a public archive with the community. As a public scholar, she has been featured multiple times on WPFW 89.3FM radio, uses photography and documentary film as a bridge into public scholarship, and actively functions as a resource for cultural producers to facilitate cultural exchanges between her hometown of Washington, D.C., the Mid-Atlantic region, and Cuba.