Professor Sujatha Fernandes

PhD (Chicago)

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The University of Sydney


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Biographical details

Sujatha Fernandes is a Professor of Political Economy and Sociology at the University of Sydney, which she joined in 2016. Previously she was a Professor of Sociology at Queens College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Before this, she was a Wilson-Cotsen Fellow at Princeton University’s Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts (2003 – 2006). She has a PhD in Political Science from the University of Chicago. Fernandes is the author of Cuba Represent! Cuban Arts, State Power, and the Making of New Revolutionary Cultures (Duke University Press, 2006), Who Can Stop the Drums? Urban Social Movements in Chávez’s Venezuela (Duke University Press, 2010), and Close to the Edge: In Search of the Global Hip Hop Generation (Verso, 2011). Her latest book entitled, Curated Stories: The Uses and Misuses of Storytelling, was published by Oxford University Press in 2017. She has published articles in many edited volumes and journals, including Signs, Contexts, Latin American Politics & Society, Ethnography, and Anthropological Quarterly. Her work has been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, and Chinese. She is a contributor to The New York Times,The Nation, and Dissent, among other publications. She has been featured in New York’s Daily News, and has appeared on ABC Australia, NPR, MSNBC, American Public Radio, BBC, and many other news outlets globally. She is an editorial board member of Transition: The Magazine of Africa and the Diaspora.

Research interests

Fernandes combines social theory and political economy with in-depth engaged, ethnography of global social movements. She specializes in themes of neoliberalism, state theory, global black culture, storytelling, and migrant labor, with an area focus on the Americas.

Teaching and supervision

  • ECOP2911: Political Economy Honours II
  • SCLG2609: Contemporary Cultural Issues

In the media

Fernandes, S. (2016). Afro-Cuban Activists Fight Racism Between Two Fires.The Nation, May 24, 2016.

Fernandes, S. (2016). Black Diasporic Dialogues in Post-Soviet Cuba. NACLA Report on the Americas. 48(1):54 - 56.

Fernandes, S. (2016). In Cuba, Will the Revolution be Digitized? The Nation, March 18, 2016.

Fernandes, S. (2016). What Do Cubans Think of Normalization With the United States? The Nation, February 9, 2016.

Fernandes, S. (2016). The Repeating Barrio. The Nation, February 1, 2016.

Fernandes, S. (2015). Domestic Workers at a Crossroads. Dissent, August 19, 2015.

Fernandes, S. (2014). Do Cubans Really Want US-Style Internet Freedom? NACLA Report on the Americas, December 21, 2014.

Fernandes, S. (2014). Why USAID Could Never Spark a Hip Hop Revolution in Cuba. NACLA Report on the Americas, December 16, 2014.

Fernandes, S. (2014). Iggy Azalea and the Perils of Reinventing Oneself, The Huffington Post, December 12, 2014.

Fernandes, S. (2014). The Rhythms of Dissent: Language, race, and rap in the modern world. The Common Reader, October 2014.

Fernandes, S. (2014). Snapshot from the Economic War in Venezuela. August 24, 2014, venezuelanalysis.com

Fernandes, S. (2014). Stories that Resonate: New Cultures of Documentary Filmmaking in Cuba. LASA Forum XLV(2):20 – 22.

Fernandes, S. (2013). The Day the Music Died in Mali, Op-ed,The New York Times, May 20, 2013.

Fernandes, S. (2013). The Motorbike Diaries. American Prospect, March 13, 2013.

Fernandes, S. (2013). Men at Work. American Prospect, March 13, 2013.

Fernandes, S. (2013). The Women Behind the Wheel. American Prospect, March 15, 2013.

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected grants

2017

  • Understanding Power, Effecting Change: Theory Across the Curriculum (Open Learning Environment - Undergraduate); Fernandes S, Baines D, Driscoll C, Angosto Ferrandez L, Konings M, Morton A, Van Wichelen S; DVC Education/Small Educational Innovation Grant.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Fernandes, S. (2017). Curated Stories: The Uses and Misuses of Storytelling. Oxford University Press. [More Information]
  • Fernandes, S. (2011). Close to the Edge: In Search of the Global Hip Hop Generation. New York: Verso.
  • Fernandes, S. (2010). Who Can Stop the Drums? Urban Social Movements in Chávez's Venezuela. Durham: Duke University Press.
  • Fernandes, S. (2006). Cuba Represent! Cuban Arts, State Power, and the Making of New Revolutionary Cultures. Durham: Duke University Press.

Book Chapters

  • Fernandes, S. (2017). Cultural Policies of the Ch�vez Government, Forthcoming. In William Beezley (Eds.), Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Latin American History. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [More Information]
  • Fernandes, S. (2015). 'Obama Nation': Hip Hop and Global Protest. In Travis L. Gosa and Erik Nielson (Eds.), The Hip Hop & Obama Reader, (pp. 88-93). New York: Oxford University Press. [More Information]
  • Fernandes, S. (2015). Cuban hip hop. In Justin Williams (Eds.), The Cambridge Companion to Hip Hop, (pp. 263-270). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Fernandes, S. (2015). Urban Social Movements in Venezuela. In Paul Almeida, Allen Cordero Ulate (Eds.), Handbook of Social Movements Across Latin America, (pp. 195-204). Dordrecht: Springer.
  • Fernandes, S. (2014). Informal Cities and Community-Based Organizing: The Case of the Teatro Alameda. In Brodwyn Fischer, Bryan McCann, Javier Auyero (Eds.), Cities From Scratch: Poverty and Informality in Urban Latin America, (pp. 185-207). Durham: Duke University Press.
  • Fernandes, S. (2013). Culture and Neoliberal Rationalities in Postneoliberal Venezuela. In Mark Goodale, Nancy Postero (Eds.), Neoliberalism, Interrupted: Social Change and Contested Governance in Contemporary Latin America, (pp. 53-72). Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.
  • Fernandes, S. (2012). Culture and/or Postmodernism. In Peter Kingstone, Deborah Yasher (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Latin American Politics, (pp. 407-418). New York: Routledge.
  • Fernandes, S. (2012). Los experimentos de Venezuela en la democracia popular: es possible democratizar un gobierno capitalista?�? In Jorge Valero (Eds.), Democracias Nuevas o Restauradas: El Caso Venezuela, (pp. 69-78). Venezuela: Fundacion Editorial el Perro y la Rana.
  • Fernandes, S. (2012). Malandreo Negro: Gangsta Rap and the Politics of Exclusion in Venezuela. In Kwame Dixon, John Burdick (Eds.), Comparative Perspectives on Afro-Latin American, (pp. 72-92). Gainesville, USA: University Press of Florida.
  • Fernandes, S. (2011). Made in Havana City: Rap Music, Space, and Racial Politics. In Anke Birkenmaier, Esther Whitfield (Eds.), Havana Beyond the Ruins: Cultural Mappings after 1989, (pp. 173-186). Durham: Duke University Press.
  • Fernandes, S. (2011). Radio Bemba in an Age of Electronic Media. In David Smilde and Daniel Hellinger (Eds.), Venezuela's Bolivarian democracy : participation, politics, and culture under Chávez, (pp. 131-156). United States: Duke University Press.
  • Fernandes, S. (2011). Translating Hybrid Cultures: Quandries of an Indian-Australian Doing Ethnography in Cuba. In Ben Talton and Quincy Mills (Eds.), Black Subjects: Race and Research in Africa and the Atlantic World, (pp. 45-54). United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Fernandes, S. (2010). Gender, Popular Participation, and the State in Chavez's Venezuela. In Karen Kampwirth (Eds.), Gender and Populism in Latin America: Passionate Politics, (pp. 202-221). University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press.
  • Fernandes, S. (2009). Urbanizing the San Juan Fiesta: Civil Society and Cultural Identity in the Barrios of Caracas. In Carol Greenhouse (Eds.), Ethnographies of Neoliberalism, (pp. 96-111). United States: Penn Press.
  • Fernandes, S. (2008). Ethnicity, Civil Society and the Church: The Politics of Evangelical Christianity in Northeast India. In David Lumsdaine (Eds.), Evangelical Christianity and Democracy in Asia, (pp. 131-154). United States: New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Fernandes, S. (2007). Hip Hop and Black Public Spheres in Venezuela, Cuba and Brazil. In Darien Davis (Eds.), Beyond Slavery: The Multi-Layered Legacy of Africans in Latin America, (pp. 199-222). United States: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
  • Fernandes, S. (2007). Proven Presence: The Emergence of a Feminist Politics in Cuban Hip-Hop. In Gwendolyn Pough (Eds.), Home Girls, Make Some Noise!: Hip Hop Feminism Anthology, (pp. 5-18). United States: Parker Publishing.

Journals

  • Fernandes, S. (2017). Stories and Statecraft: Afghan Women's Narratives and the Construction of Western Freedoms. Signs, 42(3), 643-667. [More Information]
  • Frantz, C., Fernandes, S. (2017). Whose Movement Is It? Strategic Funding, Worker Centers, and Foundation Influence. Critical Sociology. [More Information]
  • Fernandes, S. (2016). Building Child-Centered Social Movements. Contexts, 15(1), 54-59. [More Information]
  • Fernandes, S. (2016). Out of the home, Into the House: Narratives and Strategies in Domestic Worker Legislative Campaigns. Social Text, 34(3), 1-25. [More Information]
  • Fernandes, S. (2011). Everyday Wars of Position: Social Movements and the Caracas Barrios in a Chavez Era. Colombia Internacional, 73((special issue on Latin American cities)), 71-90.
  • Fernandes, S. (2010). Revolutionary Praxis in a Post-Neoliberal Era: Media Associations and the New Coalitional Politics in Venezuela. Interventions, 12(1), 88-99. [More Information]
  • Fernandes, S. (2007). Barrio Women and Popular Politics in Chávez's Venezuela. Latin American Politics and Society, 49(3), 97-127.
  • Fernandes, S. (2006). Recasting Ideology, Recreating Hegemony: Critical Debates about Film in Contemporary Cuba. Ethnography, 7(3), 303-327.
  • Fernandes, S. (2005). Transnationalism and Feminist Activism in Cuba: The Case of Magin. Politics and Gender, 1(3), 431-452.
  • Fernandes, S. (2003). Fear of a Black Nation: Local Rappers, Transnational Crossings and State Power in Contemporary Cuba. Anthropological Quarterly, 76(4), 575-608.
  • FERNANDES, S. (2003). Island Paradise, Revolutionary Utopia or Hustler's Haven? Consumerism and Socialism in Contemporary Cuban Rap. Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies, 12(3), 359-375. [More Information]

2017

  • Fernandes, S. (2017). Cultural Policies of the Ch�vez Government, Forthcoming. In William Beezley (Eds.), Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Latin American History. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [More Information]
  • Fernandes, S. (2017). Curated Stories: The Uses and Misuses of Storytelling. Oxford University Press. [More Information]
  • Fernandes, S. (2017). Stories and Statecraft: Afghan Women's Narratives and the Construction of Western Freedoms. Signs, 42(3), 643-667. [More Information]
  • Frantz, C., Fernandes, S. (2017). Whose Movement Is It? Strategic Funding, Worker Centers, and Foundation Influence. Critical Sociology. [More Information]

2016

  • Fernandes, S. (2016). Building Child-Centered Social Movements. Contexts, 15(1), 54-59. [More Information]
  • Fernandes, S. (2016). Out of the home, Into the House: Narratives and Strategies in Domestic Worker Legislative Campaigns. Social Text, 34(3), 1-25. [More Information]

2015

  • Fernandes, S. (2015). 'Obama Nation': Hip Hop and Global Protest. In Travis L. Gosa and Erik Nielson (Eds.), The Hip Hop & Obama Reader, (pp. 88-93). New York: Oxford University Press. [More Information]
  • Fernandes, S. (2015). Cuban hip hop. In Justin Williams (Eds.), The Cambridge Companion to Hip Hop, (pp. 263-270). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Fernandes, S. (2015). Urban Social Movements in Venezuela. In Paul Almeida, Allen Cordero Ulate (Eds.), Handbook of Social Movements Across Latin America, (pp. 195-204). Dordrecht: Springer.

2014

  • Fernandes, S. (2014). Informal Cities and Community-Based Organizing: The Case of the Teatro Alameda. In Brodwyn Fischer, Bryan McCann, Javier Auyero (Eds.), Cities From Scratch: Poverty and Informality in Urban Latin America, (pp. 185-207). Durham: Duke University Press.

2013

  • Fernandes, S. (2013). Culture and Neoliberal Rationalities in Postneoliberal Venezuela. In Mark Goodale, Nancy Postero (Eds.), Neoliberalism, Interrupted: Social Change and Contested Governance in Contemporary Latin America, (pp. 53-72). Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.

2012

  • Fernandes, S. (2012). Culture and/or Postmodernism. In Peter Kingstone, Deborah Yasher (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Latin American Politics, (pp. 407-418). New York: Routledge.
  • Fernandes, S. (2012). Los experimentos de Venezuela en la democracia popular: es possible democratizar un gobierno capitalista?�? In Jorge Valero (Eds.), Democracias Nuevas o Restauradas: El Caso Venezuela, (pp. 69-78). Venezuela: Fundacion Editorial el Perro y la Rana.
  • Fernandes, S. (2012). Malandreo Negro: Gangsta Rap and the Politics of Exclusion in Venezuela. In Kwame Dixon, John Burdick (Eds.), Comparative Perspectives on Afro-Latin American, (pp. 72-92). Gainesville, USA: University Press of Florida.

2011

  • Fernandes, S. (2011). Close to the Edge: In Search of the Global Hip Hop Generation. New York: Verso.
  • Fernandes, S. (2011). Everyday Wars of Position: Social Movements and the Caracas Barrios in a Chavez Era. Colombia Internacional, 73((special issue on Latin American cities)), 71-90.
  • Fernandes, S. (2011). Made in Havana City: Rap Music, Space, and Racial Politics. In Anke Birkenmaier, Esther Whitfield (Eds.), Havana Beyond the Ruins: Cultural Mappings after 1989, (pp. 173-186). Durham: Duke University Press.
  • Fernandes, S. (2011). Radio Bemba in an Age of Electronic Media. In David Smilde and Daniel Hellinger (Eds.), Venezuela's Bolivarian democracy : participation, politics, and culture under Chávez, (pp. 131-156). United States: Duke University Press.
  • Fernandes, S. (2011). Translating Hybrid Cultures: Quandries of an Indian-Australian Doing Ethnography in Cuba. In Ben Talton and Quincy Mills (Eds.), Black Subjects: Race and Research in Africa and the Atlantic World, (pp. 45-54). United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan.

2010

  • Fernandes, S. (2010). Gender, Popular Participation, and the State in Chavez's Venezuela. In Karen Kampwirth (Eds.), Gender and Populism in Latin America: Passionate Politics, (pp. 202-221). University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press.
  • Fernandes, S. (2010). Revolutionary Praxis in a Post-Neoliberal Era: Media Associations and the New Coalitional Politics in Venezuela. Interventions, 12(1), 88-99. [More Information]
  • Fernandes, S. (2010). Who Can Stop the Drums? Urban Social Movements in Chávez's Venezuela. Durham: Duke University Press.

2009

  • Fernandes, S. (2009). Urbanizing the San Juan Fiesta: Civil Society and Cultural Identity in the Barrios of Caracas. In Carol Greenhouse (Eds.), Ethnographies of Neoliberalism, (pp. 96-111). United States: Penn Press.

2008

  • Fernandes, S. (2008). Ethnicity, Civil Society and the Church: The Politics of Evangelical Christianity in Northeast India. In David Lumsdaine (Eds.), Evangelical Christianity and Democracy in Asia, (pp. 131-154). United States: New York: Oxford University Press.

2007

  • Fernandes, S. (2007). Barrio Women and Popular Politics in Chávez's Venezuela. Latin American Politics and Society, 49(3), 97-127.
  • Fernandes, S. (2007). Hip Hop and Black Public Spheres in Venezuela, Cuba and Brazil. In Darien Davis (Eds.), Beyond Slavery: The Multi-Layered Legacy of Africans in Latin America, (pp. 199-222). United States: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
  • Fernandes, S. (2007). Proven Presence: The Emergence of a Feminist Politics in Cuban Hip-Hop. In Gwendolyn Pough (Eds.), Home Girls, Make Some Noise!: Hip Hop Feminism Anthology, (pp. 5-18). United States: Parker Publishing.

2006

  • Fernandes, S. (2006). Cuba Represent! Cuban Arts, State Power, and the Making of New Revolutionary Cultures. Durham: Duke University Press.
  • Fernandes, S. (2006). Recasting Ideology, Recreating Hegemony: Critical Debates about Film in Contemporary Cuba. Ethnography, 7(3), 303-327.

2005

  • Fernandes, S. (2005). Transnationalism and Feminist Activism in Cuba: The Case of Magin. Politics and Gender, 1(3), 431-452.

2003

  • Fernandes, S. (2003). Fear of a Black Nation: Local Rappers, Transnational Crossings and State Power in Contemporary Cuba. Anthropological Quarterly, 76(4), 575-608.
  • FERNANDES, S. (2003). Island Paradise, Revolutionary Utopia or Hustler's Haven? Consumerism and Socialism in Contemporary Cuban Rap. Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies, 12(3), 359-375. [More Information]

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