1. University of Virginia
  2. Arts & Sciences

Roberto Armengol

Postdoctoral College Fellow

Ph.D. University of Virginia 2013

New Cabell Hall, 321

434-297-7940

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I am a sociocultural anthropologist with extensive field experience in urban Cuba. Broadly speaking, my work analyzes the moral paradigms through which people live out the material demands of life. In my doctoral thesis I looked at how the political economy of late socialism is reshaped in the everyday practices of working-class entrepreneurs. This research has since developed into an ongoing focus on markets, globalization and sustainable alternatives to neoliberal capitalism.

In 2016, I joined UVa faculty from across the liberal arts in the inaugural class of College Fellows. The fellows are collaborating to pilot the first stage of the new undergraduate curriculum in Arts and Sciences. In that capacity, I am developing courses that introduce first-year students to empirical discovery and the aesthetics of truth in the social sciences.

My professional life began in journalism. I’ve worked as a staff writer at daily newspapers, a reporter for Bloomberg News and, most recently, as the editor of BackStory, a podcast and radio show that airs on NPR-affiliates across the country. I continue to freelance as the occasion arises.

Specializations

Political economy; gift exchange and alternative economies; globalization and development; socialism and postsocialism; language, semiotics, and the media; visual anthropology; science and technology studies; public anthropology. Cuba, the Caribbean, Latin American and the United States.

 

Graduate Students

Haytham Althubaiti
Pre-Fieldwork
Cory-Alice Andre-Johnson
Conducting Field Research
Jeffrey Attridge
Pre-Fieldwork
Julia Barnes
Pre-Fieldwork
Irtefa Binte-Farid
Fieldwork Completed
Lee Bloch
Fieldwork Completed
Erika Brant
Fieldwork Completed
Alison Broach
Fieldwork Completed
Tracie Canada
Conducting Field Research
Jacqueline Cieslak
Fieldwork Completed
Dannah Dennis
Fieldwork Completed
Brandon Dillard
Pre-Fieldwork
Bremen Donovan
Conducting Field Research
Grace East
Pre-Fieldwork
Kyle Edwards
Conducting Field Research
Anna Eisenstein
Fieldwork Completed
Johnathan Favini
Pre-fieldwork
Macario Garcia
Fieldwork Completed
Ann Githinji
Fieldwork Completed
Julia Jong Haines
Completed Fieldwork
Ida Hoequist
Pre-Fieldwork
Carolyn Howarter
Fieldwork Completed
Erin Jordan
Pre-Fieldwork
Jiyeon Kang
Conducting Field Research
Dionisios Kavadias
Fieldwork Completed
Kristin LaHatte
Fieldwork Completed
Sue Ann McCarty
Fieldwork Completed
Zachary McKeeby
Pre-Fieldwork
Michelle Morgenstern
Conducting Field Research
Nathalie Nahas
Fieldwork Completed
Jeffrey Nicola
Fieldwork Completed
Susan Palazzo
Fieldwork Completed
Mary Pancoast
Fieldwork Completed
Xinyan Peng
Pre-Fieldwork
Natalie Pope
Pre-Fieldwork
Xiaolei Qu
Pre-Fieldwork
Saad Quasem
Pre-Fieldwork
Alessandro Questa
Fieldwork Completed
Grace Reynolds
Fieldwork Completed
Jessica Rigney
Pre-Fieldwork
Giancarlo Rolando
Fieldwork Completed
Ekaterina Sevastakis
Pre-Fieldwork
Harri Siikala
Fieldwork Completed
Sheena Singh
Fieldwork Completed
Gregory Sollish
Pre-Fieldwork
Josh Wayt
Pre-Fieldwork
Michael Wenzel
Conducting Field Research
LuAnn Williams
Fieldwork Completed
Uzma Zafar
Pre-Fieldwork
Mingyun Zhang
Pre-Fieldwork