Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute

Tulane University

Annie Gibson

Administrative Assistant Professor - Department of Global Education

Contact Info


  • B.A., Dartmouth College, Spanish and Latino Studies; Portuguese minor, 2003
  • M.A., Tulane University, Latin American Studies, 2007
  • Ph.D., Tulane University, Latin American Studies, 2010

Academic Experience

  • Administrative Assistant Professor, Department of Global Education, Tulane University, 2014-
  • Professor of Practice, Tulane University, 2012-
  • Zemurray Stone Post Doc Teaching Fellow, Tulane University, 2012-
  • Instructor, Tulane University, 2006-2011

Related Experience

  • Associate Director of Intercultural Learning, 2016-
  • Administrator, Tulane Semester Abroad Program in Cuba, 2015-
  • Faculty Director, International Studies Activism and Networking (INSTANT), 2015
  • Coordinator, CIAPA, Tulane University, 2012-2014
  • On Site Coordinator, Payson Center in Cuba, 2013-2014
  • On Site Director, Tulane Semester Abroad Program in Cuba, 2011, 2014
  • On Site Director, Rassias Institute, Spain, 2011
  • On Site Director, Tulane Summer Abroad Program in Costa Rica, 2010, 2012
  • Princeton Day School, Spanish Teacher, 2003-2005

Research & Teaching Specializations: Cuban and Brazilian performance cultures; Brazilian immigration to the United States


  • Simón Rodriguez Award for the Best Undergraduate Teacher, Stone Center for Latin American Studies, 2015, 2016
  • CELT Funding Award, 2015
  • J.B. Jackson Book Prize, Contribution of the Year to Ethnic and Historical Geography of the US, Association of American Geographers, 2015
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar Grant, 2013
  • Fellowship for Research on the Global South, Tulane University, 2009
  • Graduate Student of the Year, Tulane University, Stone Center for Latin American Studies, 2008
  • William J. Griffith Latin American Studies Instructor of the Year, Stone Center for Latin American Studies, 2008
  • Donald Robertson Award for best graduate paper in the Humanities written on Latin American Content: “Brazuca in NOLA: A Cultural Analysis of Brazilian Immigration to New Orleans Post-Katrina,” 2007
  • Tinker Fellowship Research Grant, awarded for thesis research in Cuba, Tulane University, 2007


  • Spanish
  • Portuguese

Selected Publications

  • 2017. “Vínculos históricos entre Nueva Orleans, Luisiana y Cuba.” Revista Universidad de la Habana. No 283: 44-59.
  • 2015. “PerformingCultural Visibility:Brazilian Immigrants,MardiGras,and NewOrleans.” In PerformingBrazil: Essays on Culture, Identity and Performing Arts.
  • 2015. The Hispanic and Latino New Orleans: Immigration and Identity Since the Eighteenth Century. LSU Press.
  • 2014. “Rediscovering lo cubano Through Capoeira in Cuba.” Postcolonialist. 2(1).
  • 2013. “Sambando New Orleans: Dancing Race, Gender, and Place with Casa Samba.” Studies in Latin American Popular Culture 31.
  • 2012. Post-Katrina Brazucas: Brazilian Immigrants in New Orleans. The University of New Orleans Press.
  • 2012. “Parading Brazil Through New Orleans: Brazilian Immigrant Interaction with Casa Samba of New Orleans.” Latin American Music Review.
  • 2010. “Voz, Narrativa e Sexo: O Brasil de Nélida Piñon em República dos Sonhos.” Brasil/Brazil [Brown University] 23 (2010): 37-53.
  • 2009. “Vencendo Confins: A Voz Resistente Na Narrativa de Kehinde em Um Defeito de Cor.” Pterodactilo 7
  • 2008. “Brazuca in NOLA: A Cultural Analysis of Brazilian Immigration to New Orleans Post-Katrina.” Latin American Journal of Popular Culture 27: 103-128.

Recently-Taught Latin American-Related Courses: Brazilian Film; Introduction to Brazilian Literature; Ethnography of Latin American Dance; Mindful Traveler: Cultural Critiques of Tourism; Latin American Architecture and Urban Development in Costa Rica; Contemporary Costa Rican Culture

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Upcoming Events

Why Marronage Still Matters: Lecture with Dr. Neil Roberts

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What is the opposite of freedom? Dr. Neil Roberts answers this question with definitive force: slavery, and from there he unveils powerful new insights on the human condition as it has been understood between these poles. Crucial to his investigation is the concept ofmarronage—a form of slave escape that was an important aspect of Caribbean and Latin American slave systems. Roberts examines the liminal and transitional space of slave escape to develop a theory of freedom as marronage, which contends that freedom is fundamentally located within this space.In this lecture, Roberts will explore how what he calls the “post-Western” concept and practice of marronage—of flight—bears on our world today.

This event is sponsored by the Kathryn B. Gore Chair in French Studies, Department of French and Italian.
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Office of Multicultural Affairs: International Food and Music Festival

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The International Food and Music Festival is a tradition for Tulane University and the surrounding New Orleans community. It is not possible without the participation of the international community at Tulane. We need your help to represent your culture, country, or community. Share food, crafts, cultural history, language, performance, and have fun at this beautiful outdoor festival.

This event is FREE for all Tulane faculty, staff and students. You must present your Splash Card. Non-affiliated Tulane attendees can purchase tickets here.

Interested in being a sponsor? Click here for more information and registration.

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Apply for the Teaching Cuban Culture & Society: A Summer Educator Institute in Cuba

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Teaching Cuban Culture & Society: A Summer Educator Institute in Cuba
Havana, Cuba | June 23 – July 7, 2018
Program Application
Application Deadline: March 2, 2018

Tulane University’s Stone Center for Latin American Studies and the Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute at Tulane University join forces with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies to take K-16 educators to Cuba. This is our fourth year running the Cuban Culture & Society K-16 Educator Institute and we are excited about this year’s itinerary. The institute will approach Cuban society and culture form a multidisciplinary perspective focused on the arts, the geography, and history of the country. Innovative programming and annual summer teacher institutes over the past three years provide the benefits of an interdisciplinary approach to teaching and studying the region. Taking advantage of Tulane’s relationship with the University of Havana and Cuba’s National Union of Writers and Artists, the institute equips teachers with multidisciplinary content, curricular resources, and methods of inquiry for developing that approach in their K-16 classrooms. Conducted in English by Professor Carolina Caballero, the institute will explore current trends and issues in Cuban culture and society through readings, films, and lectures. The program includes a series of talks by prominent Cuban intellectuals and local field trips to important political and cultural sights throughout Havana.

This two-week program provides the unique opportunity to work on developing lesson plans while exploring the sights and sounds of a nation and country that remain obscured behind political rhetoric and misinformation. Recent economic changes on the island have provoked a series of social and cultural transformations that have left Cubans and the entire world wondering what could be next for the island and the Revolution. Don’t miss the chance to witness some of these challenges and triumphs firsthand and get the opportunity to bring your experience back to your students in the classroom.

The trip will include a pre-departure orientation and two weeks in Cuba. The institute incorporates visits to local museums and exposes participants to arts organizations, schools, and teachers from the country’s national literacy campaign. Participants will stay within walking distance of the Malecón, the university, and many cultural venues. There will be group excursions to the historic Che Guevara monument, a visit to the site of the Bay of Pigs invasion, and a special visit to the town of Hershey, the town developed by Milton Hershey to begin his chocolate enterprise with the sugar from Cuba’s plantations. There will also be group excursions to the historic cities of Trinidad and Cienfuegos, Playa Girón, and Viñales, focusing on their role in the development of the economy and culture of the country

The cost will include a shared room and two meals a day, medical insurance, airfare to/from Havana from Tampa, Florida*, airport transportation in Havana to/from residence, OFAC-licensed academic visa, and specialized tours and outings.

*Airfare to/from Tampa, Florida, a one-night hotel stay in Tampa, incidental costs, and extra meals and expenses are not included in the program cost. You are responsible for your own air flight to/from Tampa, FL.

Those interested in applying must be a K-16 educator or librarian. There is no Spanish language requirement for this program. The application deadline is March 2, 2018, at 5:00 PM.

Please note: This program is only open to K-16 educators who are currently teaching, are pre-service teachers or are serving in a school or public library.

Please be advised that this itinerary is subject to change based on availability in Cuba. The itinerary below is the schedule from the 2017 institute.

  • Day 1 – U.S./HAVANA, CUBA
    Depart from Tampa, FL, Upon arrival, enjoy dinner and a welcome reception followed by an informal walk and people watching on the Malecón.
  • Day 2 – HAVANA
    Habana Vieja (Old Havana) Tour with local preservation experts to discuss in depth the history of local landmarks, historical preservation efforts, and future plans. Visit Muraleando Lawton, a community art project in the Lawton neighborhood of Havana. Hear from the founders of this project on how the neighborhood developed to promote skills in the community and support the local economy and meet with local community leaders, students and elderly folks at the community center.
  • Day 3 – HAVANA
    Lecture with Professor Carlos Alzugaray on Cuba Since the Special Period. Visit the elementary school Sergio Luis Ferriol in Habana Vieja. Connect with teachers and administrators about their experiences in the classroom.
  • Day 4 – HAVANA
    Visit the Museo Nacional de la Alfabetización (National Museum of the Literacy Campaign) and connect with members of the literacy brigade, teachers from the literacy campaign.
  • Day 5 – HAVANA
    Visit and explore Ernest Hemingway’s house. Have lunch in the infamous fishing village of Cojimar. In the afternoon, explore art by taking a tour of the Cuban Collection of the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes accompanied by a curator then visit with artists at the Taller de Gráfica.
  • Day 6 – HERSHEY
    Day trip to the Hershey, Cuba and nature park. The site where famous chocolatier Milton Hershey developed his chocolate business by setting up sugar mills in the early 1900’s. Explore the natural side of Cuba in this country town.
  • Day 7 – HAVANA
    Learn about children’s literature and the book publishing business in Cuba by visiting Cuba’s national publisher UNEAC and hear first hand from children’s book authors. We will hear from children’s book author Olga Marta Pérez about the children’s/ youth Literacy Scene in Cuba today.
  • Day 8 – HAVANA/REGLA
    Take the ferry across the bay in Havana to the town of Regla to learn about Afro-Cuban dance and music from musicologist Cari Diez and an Afro-Cuban dance performance group.
    Travel to Trinidad via Santa Clara, a town founded by 175 people on July 15, 1689. It is the site of the last battle in the Cuban Revolution in 1958. Visit to the Che Mausoleum in Santa Clara. Also visit the historic sugar plantation of Manaca Iznaga before arriving in Trinidad.
  • Day 10 – TRINIDAD
    Explore this UNESCO World Heritage site, founded on December 23, 1514 by Diego Velázquez de Cuellar. Trinidad was a central piece of Cuba’s sugar-based economy. Guided city tour with the city historian. Visit the Trinidad library to learn about the importance of libraries and debate questions of intellectual freedom with the staff.
  • Day 11 – PLAYA GIRON (SITE OF BAY OF PIGS) Ciénega de Zapata, Playa Larga
    Day excursion to the historic site of the Bay of Pigs, one of the landing sites for the 1961 US-backed invasion. Visit the Finca Fiesta Campesina farm, the Playa Girón museum, the Parque Ciénaga de Zapata, the Laguna del Tesoro, and the Taino Indian village. Snorkel in the Bay of Pigs!
  • Day 12 – HAVANA
    Visit the U.S. Embassy and hear first-hand about the state of current relations between the U.S. and Cuba. In the afternoon, we head over to meet up with the famous hip-hop group, Obsesión to hear about their music and experience as hip-hop artists in Cuba.
    Take a day trip to Matanzas, the capital of the Cuban province of Matanzas. Known for its poets, culture, and Afro-Cuban folklore, we will explore the Triunvirato Plantation and the Castillo San Severino where we will hear about the history of slavery in Cuba. The rest of the afternoon we relax and explore the beautiful beaches of Varadero, a popular resort town covering Cuba’s narrow Hicacos Peninsula.
  • Day 14 – HAVANA
    Wrap-up curriculum workshop followed by a free afternoon ending in a celebratory dinner.
  • Day 15 – HAVANA/U.S.
    Morning departure for the U.S.

Explore our past trips through these photos and curricula:

Program Application

For more information, please contact Denise Woltering-Vargas at or call the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at 504-862-3143.