2017. “Stories and Statecraft: Afghan Women’s Narratives and the Construction of Western Freedoms,” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 42, Number 3, Spring 2017, pp 643 – 667.

2016. “Out of the home, Into the House: Narratives and Strategies in Domestic Worker Legislative Campaigns,” Social Text 34, Number 3, pp 1-25.

2016. Courtney Frantz and Sujatha Fernandes. “Whose Movement Is It? Strategic Funding, Worker Centers, and Foundation Influence.” Critical Sociology, 2016, pp 1 – 16.

2016. “Building Child-Centered Social Movements,” Contexts, Winter 2016, Volume 15, Number 1, pp 54 – 59.

2015. “‘Obama Nation’: Hip Hop and Global Protest,” The Hip Hop & Obama Reader, edited by Travis Lars Gosa and Erik Nielson. Oxford University Press, pp 88 – 93.

2015. “Urban Social Movements in Venezuela.” Handbook of  Social Movements Across Latin America, edited by Paul Almeida and Allen Cordero Ulate. Springer, 2015, pp 195 – 204.

2015. “Cuban Hip Hop,” The Cambridge Companion to Hip Hop, edited by Justin Williams. Cambridge University Press, 2015, pp 263 – 270.

2014. “Informal Cities and Community-Based Organizing: The Case of the Teatro Alameda,” Cities From Scratch: Poverty and Informality in Urban Latin America, edited by Brodwyn Fischer, Bryan McCann and Javier Auyero, Duke University Press, pp 185 – 207.

2013. “Culture and Neoliberal Rationalities in Post-Neoliberal Venezuela,” Neoliberalism, Interrupted: Social Change and Contested Governance in Contemporary Latin America, edited by Nancy Postero and Mark Goodale, Stanford University Press.

2012. “Culture and/or Postmodernism,” Handbook of Latin American Politics, edited by Deborah Yashar and Peter Kingstone, Routledge, pp 407 – 418.

2012. “Los experimentos de Venezuela en la democracia popular: es possible democratizar un gobierno capitalista?” in Democracias Nuevas o Restauradas: El Caso Venezuela, edited by Jorge Valero, Fundacion Editorial el Perro y la Rana, pp 69 – 78.

2012. “Malandreo Negro: Gangsta Rap and the Politics of Exclusion in Venezuela.” Comparative Perspectives on Afro-Latin America, edited by Kwame Dixon and John Burdick, University Press of Florida, pp 72 – 92.

2011. “What is ‘Post’ about Global Hip Hop?” Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970 – 1990, Art Catalogue, curated by Glenn Adamson and Jane Pavitt, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, pp 192 – 195.

2011. “Radio Bemba in an Age of Electronic Media: The Dynamics of Popular Communication in Chávez’s Venezuela.” Participation, Politics and Culture in Venezuela’s Bolivarian Democracy, edited by David Smilde and Daniel Hellinger, Duke University Press, 2011, pp 131 – 156.

2011. “Made in Havana City: Rap Music, Space, and Racial Politics.” Havana Beyond the Ruins: Cultural Mappings after 1989, edited by Anke Birkenmaier and Esther Whitfield, Duke University Press, 2011, pp 173 – 186.

Translated into Portuguese as “Feito em Havana: Rap, Espaço, y Política Racial.” Outras Ilhas: espaços, temporalidades e transformações em Cuba, edited by Olívia Maria Gomes da Cunha, Sao Paulo: Aeroplano Editora, 2011, pp 425 – 445.

2011. “Translating Hybrid Cultures: Quandries of an Indian-Australian Doing Ethnography in Cuba.” Black Subjects: Race and Research in Africa and the Atlantic World, edited by Ben Talton and Quincy Mills, Palgrave Macmillan, 2011, pp 45 – 54.

2011. “Everyday Wars of Position: Social Movements and the Caracas Barrios in a Chávez Era.” Colombia International 73, enero a junio de 2011, special issue on Latin American cities, edited by Forrest Hylton, pp 71 – 90.

2011. “Elio Rodríguez: Of Joint Ventures and Sexual Adventures,” Queloides: Diez Años Después, Art Catalogue, curated by Alejandro de la Fuente and Elio Rodríguez, January 2011.

2010. “Revolutionary Praxis in a Post-Neoliberal Era: Media Associations and the New Coalitional Politics in Venezuela.” Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, Volume 12, Issue 1, March 2010.

2010. “Gender, Popular Participation, and the State in Chávez’s Venezuela.” Gender and Populism in Latin America: Passionate Politics, edited by Karen Kampwirth. University Park: Penn State University Press, pp 202 – 220.

2009. “Urbanizing the San Juan Fiesta: Civil Society and Cultural Identity in the Barrios of Caracas.” Ethnographies of Neoliberalism, edited by Carol Greenhouse. Philadelphia: Penn Press, pp 96 – 111.

2007. “Barrio Women and Popular Politics in Chávez’s Venezuela.” Latin American Politics and Society, Fall 2007, Volume 49, Number 3, pp 97 – 127.

Translated into German as “Barrio-Frauen und politische Partizipation im bolivarianischen Caracas” in Caracas, sozialisierende Stadt Die „bolivarianische“ Metropole zwischen Selbstorganisation und Steuerung, edited by Dario Azzellini, Stephan Lanz, Kathrin Wildner. Berlin: metroZones 12 Juni 2013 390 S., pp 215-267.

2007. “Proven Presence: The Emergence of a Feminist Politics in Cuban Hip-Hop.” Home Girls, Make Some Noise!: Hip Hop Feminism Anthology, Mira Loma, California: Parker Publishing, LLC, pp 5 – 18.

2006. “Mambíses, Malandros, and Maleantes: Imaginerías Colectivas de Luchas y Supervivencia en el Rap Cubano y Venezolano.” Revista Iberoamericana, special issue edited by Alejandro Bruzual, Vol. LXXII, Octubre-Diciembre 2006, Núm. 217, pp 973 – 987.

2006. “Recasting Ideology, Recreating Hegemony: Critical Debates about Film in Contemporary Cuba.” Ethnography, Volume 7, Number 3, Autumn 2006.

2006. with Jason Stanyek, “Hip Hop and Black Public Spheres in Venezuela, Cuba and Brazil.” Beyond Slavery: The Multi-Layered Legacy of Africans in Latin America, edited by Darien Davis, New York: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, pp 199 – 222.

2005. “Transnationalism and Feminist Activism in Cuba: The Case of Magín.” Politics & Gender, Volume 1, Number 3, September 2005, pp 431- 452.

2003. “Fear of a Black Nation: Local Rappers, Transnational Crossings and State Power in Contemporary Cuba.” Anthropological Quarterly, Volume 76, Number 4, Fall 2003, pp 575 – 608.

Translated into French as “Quand les rappeurs cubains marchandent avec l’Etat” in Cuba, un régime au quotidien, edited by Vincent Bloch and Philippe Létrilliart, Paris: Choiseul Édiciones, 2011, pp 177 – 208.

2003. “Island Paradise, Revolutionary Utopia or Hustler’s Haven? Consumerism and Socialism in Contemporary Cuban Rap.” Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies, Volume 12, Number 3, Fall 2003, pp 359 – 375.


Commentary and Opinion Pieces:

“Against the Drums of Death,” Adi magazine, Winter 2019.

The Right Kind of Immigrant: The Narrative of Deserving and Undeserving Immigrants,” BESE.com, June 14, 2019.

“Can the Bolivarian revolution survive the Venezuelan crisis?” Collective piece, ROAR magazine, April 11, 2019.

“A Ship Adrift: Cuba After the Pink Tide,” NACLA Report on the Americas, April 1, 2019.

“Hasta Siempre?” New Internationalist, March-April 2019, p 22.

“How Mumbai’s Sanitation Workers Won Their Rights,” March 5, 2019. Co-published in The Nation and Scroll.in

“The Evisceration of Storytelling,” OUP Blog, June 19, 2018.

“How Socially Engaged Activism is Transforming Cuba,” The Nation, February 22, 2018.

“Afro-Cuban Culture and the Cuban Revolution,” Art x Cuba. Contemporary Perspectives since 1989. Exhibition Catalogue, curated by Andreas Beitin and Antonio Eligio Fernandez. Ludwig Forum, Germany, 2017.

“Hairdressers of the World Unite!” The Nation, December 28, 2017.

“Black Aesthetics and Afro-Latinx Hip Hop: ‘I’m an African,’” ReVista: Harvard Review of Latin America, Special issue on Afro-Latinos. Winter 2018, pp 71 – 74.

“Trump’s Cold-War Politics are Hurting Ordinary Cubans,” in The Nation, November 16, 2017.

“Manifestos for our Times,” Progress in Political Economy (PPE), October 13, 2017.

“What’s Left of the Bolivarian Revolution,” NACLA Report on the Americas, 49:3, 287 – 289.

“We Need to Fight for all Undocumented Migrants, Not Just Dreamers,” in The Nation, September 8, 2017.

“Cuban Connectivity: Cuba Enters the Digital Age,” Cultural Anthropology, Hotspots series, March 23, 2017.

“We must imagine a post-Fidel Cuba alongside a post-Obama America,” The Sydney Morning Herald, November 29, 2016.

“The Many Shades of Fidel Castro,” NACLA Report on the Americas, November 27, 2016.

“Democratic Socialism From the Ground Up,” Dissent, June 13, 2016.

“Afro-Cuban Activists Fight Racism Between Two Fires,” The Nation, May 24, 2016.

“Black Diasporic Dialogues in Post-Soviet Cuba,” NACLA Report on the Americas, Vol 48, No 1, 2016, pp 54 – 56.

“In Cuba, Will the Revolution Be Digitized?” The Nation, March 18, 2016.

“What Do Cubans Think of Normalization With the United States?” The Nation, February 9, 2016.

“The Repeating Barrio,” The Nation, February 1, 2016.

“Domestic Workers at a Crossroads,” Dissent, August 19, 2015.

Do Cubans Really Want US Style Internet Freedom?” NACLA, December 21, 2014.

Why USAID Could Never Spark a Hip Hop Revolution in Cuba,” NACLA, December 16, 2014.

Iggy Azalea and the Perils of Reinventing Oneself,” Huffington Post, December 12, 2014.

The Rhythms of Dissent: Language, Race and Rap in the Modern World,” The Common Reader, 2014.

“Snapshots From the Economic War in Venezuela,” venezuelanalysis.com, Posted August 28, 2014.

“Stories that Resonate: New Cultures of Documentary Filmmaking in Cuba,” LASA Forum, Spring 2014, Vol XLV, Issue 2, pp 20 – 22.

The Rhythms of Revolution: Hip Hop Goes Global,” Scroll.in, February 20, 2014.

“The Day the Music Died in Mali,” Op-ed, The New York Times, May 20, 2013.

“Cuban journalists exposing injustice merit more attention,” MSNBC Melissa Harris-Perry Show

“The Motorbike Diaries,” With Tom D. Wu. American Prospect, March 13, 2013. Part I of a three-part series on immigrant workers in New York City.

“Men at Work,” American Prospect, March 13, 2013. Part II of a three-part series on immigrant workers in New York City.

“The Women Behind the Wheel,” American Prospect, March 13, 2013. Part III of a three-part series on immigrant workers in New York City.

“Wallflower: Lady Pink’s World.” Interview with graffiti writer Lady Pink on CultureStrike, Posted Nov 26, 2012.

“Polarization and Prospects for Social Harmony in Venezuela,” Economic and Political Weekly, 97 (43), October 27, 2012 and Latin American Bureau.

“The Mixtape of the Revolution,” Op-ed, The New York Times, January 29, 2012.

“The Imaginative Power of 99% Politics: Occupy Wall Street Spreads Uptown” in The Huffington Post, November 14, 2011.

“9-11 and the Cuban Hip Hop Revolution” in The Huffington Post, September 12, 2011.

“Hip Hop and Global Unrest” in The Huffington Post, September 7, 2011.

“Straight Outta Havana,” Op-ed, The New York Times, August 6, 2011.

“Obama and the Future of US-Cuba Relations,” Economic and Political Weekly 44(19) and Znet, May 14, 2009.

“The Revolutionary Imagination in Cuba and Venezuela.” NACLA Report on the Americas, Volume 42, No 2, March/April 2009.

“Social Policy in Chávez’s Venezuela: A Radical Alternative or More of the Same?” ReVista: Harvard Review of Latin America, Fall 2008, pp 40 – 42.

“Latin America Looks towards European Union,” Economic and Political Weekly 43 (32) and Znet, August 16, 2008.

“Where is the ‘Right’ in Latin America’s Left Turn?” Economic and Political Weekly 43 (21) and Znet, June 3, 2008.

“Cuba’s Changing Leadership and the Dynamics of Civil Society,” Online forum, Change in Cuba, Social Sciences Research Council, March 2008.

“The Trajectory of Indigenous Politics in Latin America,” Economic and Political Weekly 42(39) and Znet, February 26, 2008.

“What Does the ‘No’ Vote Mean?” The Nation, Online Forum on Venezuela, December 6, 2007.

“What is at Stake in Venezuela’s Reform Referendum?” Economic and Political Weekly 42(47) and Znet, November 11, 2007.

“The Gender Agenda of the Pink Tide in Latin America,” Economic and Political Weekly 42(39) and Znet, October 4, 2007.

“Democracy and Constitutional Reform: Rewriting the Constitution in Bolivia and Venezuela,” Economic and Political Weekly 42(21) and Znet, June 6, 2007.

“Political Parties and Social Change: Debates about a New Socialist Party in Venezuela,” Economic and Political Weekly 42(10) and Znet, March 19, 2007.

“A View from the Barrios: Hugo Chávez as an Expression of Urban Popular Movements,” LASA Forum Focus, Winter 2007, Vol 28, Issue 1, pp 17 – 19.

“Savvy Marketing or Debating the Issues: Recent Elections in Latin America,” Economic and Political Weekly 42(1) and Znet, January 11, 2007.

“With or Without Fidel: The Future of the Cuban Revolution,” Economic and Political Weekly 41(38) and Znet, October 29, 2006.

“Smelter Struggle: Trinidad Fishing Community Fights Aluminum Project,” Corpwatch, September 6, 2006.

“Way Forward for the Left: Debates over Electoral Strategy in Mexico,” Economic and Political Weekly 41(31) and Znet, August 9, 2006.

“Trade Treaties and Challenging US Hegemony in the Americas,” Economic and Political Weekly 41(20) and Znet, June 12, 2006.

“Beyond the World Social Forum,” Economic and Political Weekly 41(13) and Znet, April 6, 2006.

“Saints of Venezuela: Reclaiming Religious Fiestas,” Colorlines: Race, Culture, Action, Spring 2006.

“Growing Movement of Community Radio in Venezuela,” Economic and Political Weekly 41(4) and Znet, December 24, 2005.


“The Great White Social Justice Novel,” review of American Dirt and Act of Grace, Sydney Review of Books, May 25, 2020.

“Orphans of Empire,” review of the novella Saudade by Suneeta Peres da Costa, Sydney Review of Books, April 29, 2019.

Review of Gareth Stedman Jones’ Karl Marx: Greatness and Illusion, Australian Book Review, March 2017.

“Every Encounter.” Review of Teju Cole’s Known and Strange Things, Australian Book Review, November 2016.

Review of Joe Soss, Richard Fording, and Sanform Schram, Disciplining the Poor: Neoliberal Paternalism and the Persistent Power of Race, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011. Contemporary Sociology, Volume 42, Number 1, January 2013, 109 – 110.

“Freedom through a Pencil: The 1961 Literacy Campaign in Cuba,” review of documentary Maestra, directed by Catherine Murphy, DVD, 2011. NACLA Report on the Americas, September/October 2011, pp 39 – 40.

“East of Havana,” review of documentary East of Havana, directed by Charlize Theron and Clark Peterzon, Sony BMG Films, DVD, 2007. Journal of the Society for American Music, Volume 4, Number 1, February 2010, 123 – 125.

“Global Hip Hop and the Africanist Aesthetic,” review of Halifu Osumare, the africanist aesthetic in global hip-hop: power moves. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007. Dance Research Journal, Volume 40, Number 2, Winter 2008, 97 – 99.

“The Rhythms of the Cuban Revolution,” review of Robin Moore, Music and Revolution: Cultural Change in Socialist Cuba. Berkeley and LA: University of California Press, 2006 in Contracorriente, Volume 1, Number 5, Otoño 2007.

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