Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute

Tulane University

Ana M. López

Director - Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute, Associate Professor - Communication, Associate Provost - Office of Academic Affairs

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A long-standing faculty member of the Stone Center, Ana M. López became the director of the Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute in Fall 2000. She is also an Associate Professor in the Communication Department and Associate Provost of the university. Her scholarship and publications are focused on Latin American film, media, television, and popular culture. She has also worked extensively with Latino cultural production in the U.S. Her work has been widely published in film and Latin American studies journals and she is the co-editor of the volumes Mediating Two Worlds (BFI, 1993), The Ethnic Eye: Latino Media Arts (University of Minnesota, 1996), and the three-volume Encyclopedia of Latin American Culture (Routledge, 2000). As director of the Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute, she oversees the Summer in Cuba program, the Summer in the Dominican Republic program, and academic and cultural programming aimed at promoting a true Cuban and Caribbean presence on Tulane’s campus.


  • B.A., Queens College, Accounting, 1978
  • M.A., University of Iowa, Communication and Theater Arts, 1982
  • Ph.D., University of Iowa, Communication Studies, 1986

Academic Experience

  • Associate Professor, Tulane University
  • Assistant Professor, Tulane University
  • Visiting Professor, University of Southern California, 1995

Research & Teaching Specializations: Latin America; Mass Communication; Latin American Film; Cultural Studies, Popular Culture

Related Experience

  • Associate Provost, Office of Academic Affairs, Tulane University, 2001-
  • Director, Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute, Tulane University, 2000-
  • Co-editor, South, an electronic Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies, 1996-
  • Co-Director, Cultural Studies Program, Tulane University, 1992-1999
  • Director, Film Studies Program, Tulane University, 1988-


  • Fulbright Fellowship, 1989

Languages: Spanish; Portuguese; French

Selected Publications

  • 2014 “A Poetics of the Trace.” In New Documentaries in Latin America. Vinicius Navarro and Juan Carlos Rodríguez, eds. London: Palgrave.
  • 2012 Hollywood, Nuestra América y los Latinos. Havana: Ediciones Unión.
  • 2011 “Geographical Imaginaries,” Studies in Hispanic Cinemas. 7-1: 3-8
  • 2010. “La Hacienda y el Cabaret: Musical Spaces of the Classical Mexican Cinema.” In The International Film Musical. Corey Creekmuer and Linda Mokdad, eds. University of Edinburgh Press.
  • 2009. “Before the Industry: Orol, Bohr and Peon.” In Latsploitation: Exploitation Cinema and Latin America. Victoria Ruetalo and Dolores Tierney, eds. London: Routledge.
  • 2007. “Cuba: A Porous National Cinema.” In The Cinema of Small Nations. Duncan Petrie and Mette Hijorst, eds. University of Edinburgh Press. 179 – 197.
  • 2000. Latin American Cultural Studies. Editor, with Daniel Balderston and Mike Gonzalez. London: Routledge.
  • 2000. “Early Cinema and Modernity in Latin America.” Cinema Journal. 40: 48-78.

Recently-Taught Latin American-Related Courses: Latin American Cinema, Cuban Culture and Society, Culture and Society in the Dominican Republic.

Number of Dissertations or Theses Supervised in the Past 5 Years: 9





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Upcoming Events

Tropical Exposures: Photography, Film, and Visual Culture in a Caribbean Frame

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Tropical Exposures: Photography, Film, and Visual Culture in a Caribbean Frame
March 10-12, 2016
Tulane University
New Orleans, LA

We offer our conference as a forum in which to peruse and absorb the visual turn in contemporary inquiry from the unique vantage points of the Caribbean, circum-Caribbean and Caribbean diasporas. We conceive the tropical exposure as a frame for representing the region’s strengths and vulnerabilities and for questioning the interaction of Antillean sensibilities with a plethora of images and mediascapes. Our invited keynote speakers include photographer Virginia Beahan and artist Francisco Crespo, whose work appears on this page.

Tropical Exposures welcomes proposals for papers that address any facet of Caribbean visual representation in photography, film, art, popular culture, and other media, as well as the interaction of word and image more generally. Scholars are also encouraged to present proposals that consider social and cultural shifts toward the increasing intermediality of representation in the Caribbean frame.

Conference Updates:
October 21, 2015: Tropical Exposures has accepted panel and abstract submissions. Panel lineups and program schedule information will be sent out very soon.

Registration Information
Early Registration is now open to presenters and participants. The following rates will be available until January 19, 2016:

  • $125 Faculty
  • $90 Graduate Students and Independent Scholars

Regular registration rates will be effective after January 19, 2016.
Please click here to access the conference registration form, or click the “Register Online” button on the bottom or top of this page.

Conference Hotel Information
The Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute has arranged a group block and discounted rate at the Hampton Inn New Orleans Garden District. We have reserved a block of rooms for March 9 – March 12, 2016. The special room rate of $169.00/night will be available until February 8, 2016 or until the group block is sold out, whichever comes first. The Hampton Inn Garden District hotel offers a free hot breakfast, free high speed internet in every room, and free on-site parking.

To make your reservations online, please click here to access the hotel reservation page and book your stay by February 8th.
You may also book your room by phone by calling 504-899-9990. The group code for the special rate is “CSI”; please mention this when making reservations by phone.
For hotel address and other information, please visit the Hampton Inn hotel’s website

Conference events will take place on Tulane’s uptown campus at the Lavin-Bernick Center (LBC), 201 Boggs, New Orleans, LA 70118. Transportation from the conference hotel to Tulane’s uptown campus will be provided. We will be putting together a brief guide to the city of New Orleans for quick reference about local transportation, restaurants, etc. for your convenience.