I am a cultural anthropologist and work as  professor and mentor in the Department of Social Science & Public Affairs.

My areas of specialization include:  Latin America and the Caribbean region, comparative race studies, tourism, migration and gender relations.  In the 1990’s I conducted extensive fieldwork on race and gender relations in Havana, Cuba. More recently I researched Cuban marriage migration to Scandinavia with a focus on the intersection of race, sexuality and gender in the context of tourism and migration, and on the impact of state policies regulating intimate relations, marriage and mobility at both ends of this migration trajectory.  Currently I am involved in expanding a European project at the intersection of migration, heritage and tourism, called Migrantours.

In my teaching, I am committed to providing my students with free Open Educational Resources (OERs). During my recent sabbatical (2019-20), I created a co-edited textbook (with Katie Nelson) titled, “Gendered Lives: Global Issues.”  This book is available for free download – see link below.


2022 Fernandez, Nadine T. and Katie Nelson. Gendered Lives: Global Issues. Albany: SUNY Press. [Open access textbook]

2018 Groes, Christian and Nadine T. Fernandez (eds.) Intimate Mobilities: Sexual Economies, Marriage, and Migration in a Disparate World. NY: Berghahn Books.

Revolutionizing Romance: Interracial Couples in Contemporary Cuba. by Nadine T. Fernandez. Rutgers University Press 2010

Read review of Gendered Lives: Global Issues below:

Guelke, Caroline. 2022 Book Review. Teaching and Learning Anthropology Journal. 5(1):61-63.

Read reviews of Revolutionizing Romance below:

Review by Erica Williams in Voices: the Journal of the Association for Feminist Anthropology 2012

Click here for reviews of my book  in the Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology 2011; Suomen Antropologi: Journal of the Finnish Anthropology Society 2012; and The New West Indian Guide 2013.