Associate Professor Anna Cristina Pertierra

Profile photo of Dr Anna Cristina PertierraAnna Cristina Pertierra's research uses ethnography to examine everyday social practice, with a particular interest in media, consumption and material culture, and urban modernities. Regionally, her work focuses on Cuba, Mexico and the Philippines.

Prior to joining Western Sydney University, Anna was a Lecturer in Anthropology and an ARC Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies, both at the University of Queensland. Anna has a PhD in Anthropology from University College London and a BA Hons in Social Anthropology from the University of Sydney.

Anna's research interests include: media, especially television, in Cuba, Mexico and the Philippines; gendered identities and practices, especially women and girls; entertainment and popular culture in urban Latin America; and consumer culture and the emergence of urban modernities in the Philippines and Latin America.


  • PhD (Anthropology), 2007, University College London
  • BA Hons (Social Anthropology), 2000, University of Sydney

Selected Publications

Rowse, T & Pertierra, A 2019, ‘From white nation to white caution: non-Indigenous reflections on Indigenous difference’ (opens in a new window), Journal of Australian Studies, DOI: 10.1080/14443058.2019.1640769.

Pertierra, AC 2017, ‘Televisual experiences of poverty and abundance: entertainment television in the Philippines’, Australian Journal of Anthropology, vol. 29, no. 1, pp. 3–18.

Pertierra, AC 2017, Media anthropology for the digital age (opens in a new window), Polity, UK and USA.

Pertierra, AC 2017, ‘Celebrity politics and televisual melodrama in the age of Duterte’, in N Curato (ed.), A Duterte reader: critical essays on Rodrigo Duterte's early Presidency, Bughaw, Ateneo de Manila University Press, Manila, pp. 219–229.

Pertierra, A C 2016, ‘Re-locating the spaces of television studies’, Media and Communication, vol. 4, no. 3, pp. 123-130. DOI: 10.17645/mac.v4i3.563.

Pertierra, A 2015, 'Global dimensions of domestic practices: kitchen technologies in Cuba', in SI Ayora-Diaz (ed.), Cooking technology: transformations in culinary practice in Mexico and Latin America (opens in a new window), Bloomsbury, London, pp.125-136.

Pertierra, A 2015, 'Practicing tranquilidad: domestic technologies and comfortable homes in Southeastern Mexico' (opens in a new window), The Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology, vol. 20, no. 3, pp. 415-432.

Pertierra, A 2015, 'Cuban girls and visual media: bodies and practices of (still-) socialist consumerism', Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, vol. 29, no. 2, pp. 194-204.

Goggin, G, Pertierra, A & Andrejevic, M 2015, 'What's become of Australian cultural studies: the legacies of Graeme Turner', Cultural Studies, vol. 29, no. 4, pp. 491-502.

Pertierra, A 2012, 'Quinceañera: coming of age through digital photography in Cuba', in J Sinclair & AC Pertierra (eds), Consumer culture in Latin America, Palgrave Macmillan, USA, pp. 137-148.

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