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Tony Keffler

Tony Keffler
Major: 
Latin American Studies
BDP Certificate: 
Cultural Studies
Graduation: 
Spring 2011

Tony completed the Cultural Studies BDP certificate. Under the supervision of Dr. Frank Guridy (History), Tony researched queer Cuban migratory literature written by Cubans. Specifically, he examined how the literature captured queer identity of Cuban-Americans and their relation to the greater community of Cubans in the U.S.

“I have learned that working on a topic that you are passionate about makes a huge difference on the final quality of your work, but realistic and tangible goals are the key to moving forward with independent research.”

Discuss the process you went through to gain access to different literature.
The Benson Latin American Collection on campus is an amazing resource at the University of Texas, and I spent many hours researching in their stacks. With a plethora of literature to choose from, it was more of a struggle choosing what not to include rather than finding enough literature. In the end, my project focused on the work of Achy Obejas, particularly her novel Memory Mambo, and the short story “We Came All the Way from Cuba So You Could Dress Like This?”

I also did research at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. I attended their annual academic conference on Cuban affairs. Because Miami and South Florida is the home of the largest population of Cuban-Americans in the Unites States, researching in Miami was an obvious choice.

Describe your research project and your interest in the subject area.
My project focused on