Affiliated Institutions

Florida International University

Andrea Queeley holds a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from the City University of New York Graduate Center. After serving as a Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow at Tulane University's Stone Center for Latin American Studies from 2007 to 2009, she accepted a joint appointment in Florida International University's Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies and the African & African Diaspora Studies Program. Her research interests include Caribbean migration, the African Diaspora in Latin America, racial subjectivity, and disaster. Her book manuscript "Rescuing Our Roots: Respectable Blackness and the Anglo-Caribbean Diaspora in Contemporary Cuba" is currently under contract with University Press of Florida.

Areas of Research

Caribbean migration, African Diaspora, racial subjectivity


Queeley, Andrea. “El Puente: Transnationalism Among Cubans of English-speaking Caribbean Descent”. Journal of African and Black Diaspora Studies v. 5(1), 2012.

Queeley, Andrea. “Somos Negros Finos: Anglophone Caribbean Cultural Citizenship in Revolutionary Cuba” in Global Circuits of Blackness: Race, Citizenship, and Modern Subjectivities. Percy C. Hintzen, Jean Muteba Rahier, and Felipe Smith, eds. Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2010.

Queeley, Andrea. “Remembering the Wretched: Narratives of Return as a Practice of Freedom”. Journal of Pan-African Studies v. 4(7): 109-125, 2011.

Queeley, Andrea. “‘She Jus’ Gits Hold of Us Dataway’: The Blues and Greens of Neighborhood Recovery in Post-Katrina New Orleans”. Transforming Anthropology v. 19(1): 21-32, 2011.

Queeley, Andrea. “Hip Hop and the Aesthetics of Criminalization”. Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society, v. 5(1): 1-15, 2003.

Queeley, Andrea. “The Passing of a Black Yankee: Fieldnotes/Cliff Notes of a Wannabe Santiaguera” in Fieldwork Identities in the Caribbean. Erin Brooke Taylor, ed. with foreword by Diane Austin-Broos, Coconut Creek, FL: Caribbean Studies Press, 2009.

Davis, Dana, Ana Aparicio, Audrey Jacobs, Akemi Kochiyama, Leith Mullings, Andrea Queeley, and Beverly Thompson. “Working It Off: Welfare Reform, Workfare, and Work Experience Programs in New York City”. Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society, v. 5(2): 22-41, 2003.


Santiago, Havana, Cuba

Rescuing Our Roots: Respectable Blackness and the Anglo-Caribbean Diaspora in Contemporary Cuba

This book examines the efforts of this unique community of black Cubans to "rescue their roots" during Cuba's Special Period by revitalizing Anglophone Caribbean ethnic associations and reestablishing transnational ties. Based on field research that I conducted between 2001 and 2005 and in 2008 in the eastern Cuban cities of Santiago and Guantánamo, the book provides a rare insight into intra-Caribbean migration and its contribution to local and regional social formations.

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

I'm interested in recovery from and representations and remembering of disasters. How do we measure, define, and assess disasters? How disasters insert themselves into processes of self-fashioning at the level of the individual and community? I am interested in exploring these themes in the areas of popular culture, entrepreneurship, and education.