Associate Professor of Religious Studies

Ochoa completed a B.A. at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology at Columbia University in New York. His manuscript, “Society of the Dead: Nkita Mana Nkita and Palo Praise in Cuba” was completed while a President’s Postdoctoral Fellow at UC, Berkeley and is under contract at the University of California Press. He is presently at work on a new manuscript about African-inspired Bembé praise forms in the Central Cuban province of Villa Clara. Ochoa’s first article on Cuban-Kongo religion appeared in the journal Cultural Anthropology (Fall 2007). His other interests in Cuba include prohibition and the informal circulation of commodities, emergent literature, and contemporary art. His translations of Cuban poetry have appeared in the literary journal Mandorla: New Writing from the Americas, and in the anthology The Island of My Hunger (City Lights Books, 2008). Ochoa’s research interests include Black Atlantic criticism and theory, Creolization and racialization, materiality and material culture, and critical ethnographic practice.

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