Affiliated Institutions

Columbia Univ

Tami Navarro holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from Duke University. Her research interests include Caribbean Studies, Gender and Labor, Development, Identity Formation, Globalization/Transnationalism, Capital, Neoliberalism, Race/Racialization and Ethnicity. She is the recipient of funding from the Mellon Foundation, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the American Anthropological Association, and the Ford Foundation. She is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at Columbia University.

Areas of Research

Caribbean Studies, Race/Racialization and Ethnicity, Gender


Cultural Anthropology 28(3). “Sitting at the Kitchen Table: Fieldnotes from Women of Color in Anthropology” (2013). Written with Bianca Williams and Attiya Ahmed

The Global South 4(2). “Offshore Banking Within the Nation: Economic Development in the United States Virgin Islands” (2010)

Anthropology News 52(3) “Global Circulations: A View from the Caribbean” (2011)

Hurricane Katrina: Responding to a Call that Cried out for Response (2006) Transforming Anthropology 14(1): 21-22


U.S. Virgin Islands

Virgin Capital: Foreign Investment and Local Stratification in the U.S. Virgin Islands

This research is an engagement with the Economic Development Commission (EDC) program, a tax exemption initiative that has attracted a number of primarily American venture capitalists to the United States Virgin Islands. Through an analysis of this program, I contribute to scholarship on development, globalization, neoliberalism, and the Caribbean region. In particular, I examine the ways in which race and gender undergird the EDC program and similar 'free market' initiatives across the globe.