Hope Bastian, Assistant Professor at Wheaton College, Massachusetts is the author of Everyday Adjustments in Havana: Economic Reforms, Mobility and Emerging Inequalities (2018) which examines the impacts of economic reforms on everyday life and inequalities in Socialist Cuba. From 2015-2021 she taught at the University of Havana and worked for the Consortium for Advanced Studies Abroad at the Casa de las Américas in Havana.
Her field research explores the impacts of economic reforms on everyday life and inequalities and social movements around birth, breastfeeding, LBGTQ+ rights and gender violence in Cuba’s emerging virtual public sphere.
2016 Ph.D., Anthropology, American University, Washington, D.C.
2012 M.A., Public Anthropology, American University, Washington, D.C.
2004 B.A., Anthropology/Sociology and Spanish, Minor Latin American Studies, High Honors, Guilford
College, Greensboro, North Carolina
Cuba, Inequalities, Gender
Reproductive Justice, Maternal Infant Health, Obstetric Violence, Birth and Breastfeeding Support
Introduction to Public Health
Inequality and Health
Everyday Adjustments in Havana: Economic Reforms, Mobility, and Emerging Inequalities. Maryland, Lexington Series on Cuba, 2018.
“Cuban Women and the State: Women’s Lives in the 1970s and the New Reproductive Bargain” In Cuba’s Forgotten Decade: How the 1970s Shaped the Revolution, edited by Bain, Mervyn J., Guy Baron, H. Michael Erisman, Robert Huish, Antoni Kapcia, John M. Kirk, Par Kumaraswami et al. 117-130. Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield, 2018.
COVID-19 and Inequalities in Havana: Segmented Consumption Opportunities in Cuba’s Changing Food System in ReVista: Harvard Review of Latin America
Cuban Food Security in a Time of COVID-19 in Anthropology News with Hanna Garth.