Jack Vertovec is a PhD student focused on Cuba’s emergent self-employment system and concomitant underground/secondary economies. He is interested in how various intersections like race, gender, sexuality, and class influence the participation in these economies. The main objective of his broader dissertation project is to examine the societal effects of legal self-employment in Cuba, including conceptualizations and transformations in a historically strict socialist economic environment. Jack uses the aforementioned intersections as lenses into inequalities existing in contemporary capital accumulation strategies.
Jack received a BA in Anthropology with a minor in Ethnic Studies from the University of Colorado Boulder. His senior thesis examined street hustling in contemporary Cuba. Jack’s experiences in his undergraduate project provide the foundation to his current research interests.