Patricia Alvarez Astacio
Patricia is a Puerto Rican anthropologist and filmmaker whose scholarly research and creative practice develops in the folds between ethnography, critical theory, experimental ethnography and the documentary arts. Her most recent works converge on issues of economic development and artisanal traditions, gender and ethnic representation in neoliberal, post-authoritarian Peru. Patricia completed her BA in anthropology in the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras and her Ph.D. in Anthropology with a designated emphasis in Film and Digital Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her films, which emerge out of her ethnographic practice, have screened in national and international film festivals such as Havana International Film Festival, Taiwan International Ethnographic Film Festival, RAI Film Festival; and museums such as Queens Museum and SCAD Museum of Art. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Anthropology Department at Brandeis University.