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.

Research Interests

Current 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.
  • 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


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

Pertierra, A & Turner, G 2013, Locating television: zones of consumption, Routledge, London and New York.

Sinclair, J & Pertierra, AC 2012, Consumer culture in Latin America, Palgrave Macmillan, USA.

Pertierra, A 2011, Cuba: the struggle for consumption, Caribbean Studies Press, Coconut Creek, Florida.

Book Chapters

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 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 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.

Sinclair, J & Pertierra, A 2012, 'Understanding consumer culture in Latin America: an introduction', in J Sinclair & AC Pertierra (eds), Consumer culture in Latin America, Palgrave Macmillan, USA, pp. 1-13.

Pertierra, A 2012, 'The more things change, the more they stay the same: rice and beans in modern Cuba', in R Wilk & L Barbosa (eds), Rice and beans: a unique dish in a hundred places, Berg, UK, pp. 35-59.

Pertierra, A 2010, 'Anthropology that warms your heart: on being a bride in the field', in EB Taylor (ed.), Fieldwork identities in the Caribbean, Caribbean Studies Press, USA, pp. 173-195.

Pertierra, A 2009, 'Creating order through struggle in revolutionary Cuba', in D Miller (ed.), Anthropology and the individual: a material culture perspective, Berg, USA, pp. 145-158.

Journal Articles

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, 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, '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, 'If they show Prison Break in the United States on a Wednesday, by Thursday it is here: mobile media networks in twenty-first-century Cuba', Television & New Media, vol. 13, no. 5 , pp. 399-414.

Pertierra, A 2009, 'Private pleasures: watching videos in post-Soviet Cuba', International Journal of Cultural Studies, vol. 12, no. 2, pp. 113-130.

Del Real, P & Pertierra, A 2008, 'Inventar: recent struggles and inventions in housing in two Cuban cities', Buildings and Landscapes: Journal of the Vernacular Architecture Forum, vol. 15, pp. 78-92.

Pertierra, A 2008, 'En casa: women and households in post-soviet Cuba', Journal of Latin American Studies, vol. 40, no. 4, pp. 743-767.


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