Dávila, Arlene M. 1965-
DÁVILA, Arlene M. 1965-
PERSONAL: Born May 31, 1965, in San Juan, Puerto Rico; daughter of Diego (a cattle rancher and farmer) and Laura (a flower arranger; maiden name, Feliciano) Dávila. Ethnicity: "Puerto Rican." Education: Tufts University, B.A., 1987; New York University, M.A. and certificate in museum studies, both 1990; Graduate Center, City University of New York, Ph.D., 1996.
CAREER: Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, curatorial intern at Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, 1985-86; Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY, curatorial intern in Department of African, Oceanic, and New World Art, 1988; Museum of Contemporary Hispanic Art, New York, NY, director of education, 1989; El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY, curatorial assistant, 1990-93; City University of New York, adjunct lecturer in Puerto Rican studies at Herbert H. Lehman College, 1992-93; City University of New York—Hunter College, New York, NY, adjunct lecturer in anthropology, 1994-95; Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, assistant professor of anthropology, beginning 1995; New York University, New York, NY, assistant professor of American studies. University of Connecticut, guest speaker, 1997; Colgate University, guest speaker, 1998; New York University, visiting research associate at Center for Media, Culture, and History, 1998—.
MEMBER: American Anthropological Association, Association of Latino and Latina Anthropologists, Association of Cultural Anthropology, Puerto Rican Studies Association, Latin American Studies Association.
AWARDS, HONORS: Grants from Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, National Science Foundation, and Ford Foundation, all 1998.
Sponsored Identities: Cultural Politics in Puerto Rico, Temple University Press (Philadelphia, PA), 1997.
(Editor, with Agustín Laó-Montes) Mambo Montage: The Latinization of New York, Columbia University Press (New York, NY), 2001.
Latinos, Inc.: The Marketing and Making of a People, University of California Press (Berkeley, CA), 2001.
Barrio Dreams: Puerto Ricans, Latinos, and the Neoliberal City, University of California Press (Berkeley, CA), 2004.
Contributor to books, including Puerto Rican Jam: Colonialism and Nationalism, edited by Frances Negron and Ramon Grosfoguel, University of Minnesota Press (Minneapolis, MN), 1997; and Taíno Revival: Critical Perspectives on Puerto Rican Identity and Cultural Politics, edited by Gabriel Haslip-Viera, Markus Wiener Publishers (Princeton, NY), 2001. Contributor of articles and reviews to scholarly journals, including Cultural Anthropology, Latino Review of Books, Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, Studies in Latin American Popular Culture, and American Ethnologist.
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
American Anthropologist, September, 1999, Laurie Kroshus Medina, review of Sponsored Identities: Cultural Politics in Puerto Rico, p. 671.
American Ethnologist, November, 2000, Kirk Dombrowski, review of Sponsored Identities, p. 974.
American Studies International, October, 2003, Patrick Frank, review of Latinos, Inc.: The Marketing and Making of a People, p. 116.
Bloomsbury Review, May-June, 2002, Cristian Salazar, review of Mambo Montage: The Latinization of New York City.
Choice, January, 2002, S. D. Clark, review of Latinos, Inc., p. 926; February, 2002, R. Acuna, review of Mambo Montage, p. 1106.
Chronicle of Higher Education, September 28, 2001, Nina C. Ayoub, review of Latinos, Inc., p. A34.
Current Anthropology, December, 1999, Rafael L. Ramirez, review of Sponsored Identities, p. 738.
Hispanic American Historical Review, August, 2000, Jose-Manuel Navarro, review of Sponsored Identities, p. 615.
Journal of Communication, September, 2003, Devorah Heitner, review of Latinos, Inc., p. 557.
Los Angeles Times, December 9, 2001, Gregory Rodriguez, review of Latinos, Inc., p. R7.*