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Crystal Felima

University of Florida - Assistant Professor

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Interests: Anthropology, Black Studies, Cultural Studies, Decolonization, Development, Digital Humanities, Environment, Humanitarian Aid, International Relations, Women's and Gender Studies

Crystal Felima is an assistant professor in Anthropology and African American & Africana Studies at the University of Florida. Her research interests and areas include ecological crises, governance, and neoliberalism in the Caribbean, specifically in Haiti. As a cultural anthropologist and feminist scholar in disaster studies, she surveys the ways humans shape their environment and explore the complexity and dimensions of risk and vulnerability. Felima is also co-series editor for the Berghahn Books’ Catastrophes in Context series. She is a former NSEP Boren Fellow to Haiti, which supported her doctoral research on disaster risk and flooding in Haiti. Felima is also a former CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow in Caribbean Data Curation at the George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida. She focused on the emerging trends and best practices in digital humanities, critical pedagogies, and e-scholarship in Caribbean Studies. Felima also has experience working as a federal emergency management specialist and geospatial analyst in Washington, DC.