Aisha M. Beliso-De Jesus
BA, University of California, Berkeley
MA,PhD, Stanford University
Aisha M. Beliso-De Jesús joined the HDS faculty as Assistant Professor of African American Religions in July 2009 and has offered courses through the Committee on the Study of Religion since the fall of 2009. Her hands-on research with Santería practitioners has taken her to, among other places, Miami, San Francisco, New York City, and Havana, Cuba, where she studied travel, religious tourism, return dynamics, and the uses, practices, circulation, and consumption of religious media. In 2003, she spent four months in San Jose, California, with Latina women who were recovering substance abusers enrolled in the Women's Wellness Substance Abuse Program. Her dissertation, "Becoming Santería: A Transnational Study of Cultural Politics, Media and Religion in Cuba and the United States," examines the interrelated cultural politics by which Santería and Ifá religious practices are reinvented, circulated, and transformed through transnational processes, travel, tourism, consumption, and media between the United States and Cuba. For nearly 16 years, she has been active in numerous community service efforts and is a frequent public speaker, advocating education and nonviolence for youth. Some of her areas of teaching and research include: Africana and the African Diaspora; anthropology of the Caribbean and Latin America; postcolonial theory; studies and ethnography of the Internet; and commodification of culture.
Professor Beliso-DeJesus is currently teaching.
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