My research interests include gender, sexuality, race, culture, and global and transnational exchange.

Intimacy & Identity in Global and Transnational Contexts

My dissertation project is an ethnography based in Máncora, a coastal town in northern Peru. Since the early 2000s Máncora has grown significantly as a tourist destination. In the wake of these changes a new set of relationship has developed between the local and foreign populations, and in particular, between local men and foreign woman who visit the town as tourists. My research studies these relationships and their broader implications. It also examines how social and cultural life in Máncora have been transformed by increases in tourism, and the role that the relationships I study play in that transformation. Finally, I aim to critically understand the culture and practices of modern transnational tourism.

While conducting research in Peru, I was a Visiting Researcher at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú in the Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas, Económicas, Políticas y Antropológicas (CISEPA).

Culture & Networks in Academia

For this project, I examined how networks impact professional outcomes in academia, specifically for those with a marginalized identity within the academy. I interviewed 39 tenured or tenure track faculty members at two universities, one private research intensive (“R1”) university, and one teaching focused public college. I also collected network data from participants through a survey that evaluated their personal and professional networks.

In an in progress paper, I draw from these interviews to examine the processes that contribute to cultural and social closure in academia, and the strategies that marginalized faculty utilize to navigate these closures. This paper aims to help us to gain a deeper understanding of the persistence of inequality in academia.

Related Publication: Hidalgo, Anna. “Social and Cultural Closure and the Persistence of Inequality in Academia” (In Progress)

Qualitative Methodology

I am interested in exploring the boundaries and practices of qualitative research methods. In a paper co-authored with Shamus Khan, I explore how ethnographers might approach the challenge of conducting research in times of crisis, specifically during Covid-19.

Related Publication: Hidalgo, Anna and Shamus Khan. 2020. “Blindsight Ethnography and Exceptional Moments.” Etnografia e Ricerca Qualitativa 2: 185-193. doi: 10.3240/97804
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Prior to beginning my doctoral studies, I worked in public health research with a focus on HIV/AIDS. At the Fenway Institute, I collaborated with an interdisciplinary research team to implement clinical trials for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Adolescent Trials Network (ATN). ATN is a national network that conducts preventative and therapeutic research with HIV-infected and HIV-at-risk pre-adolescents, adolescents, and young adults. Alongside my regular duties as a member of the research team, I also administered HIV tests and conducted pre- and post-test counseling; revitalized and coordinated the institutional Youth Community Advisory Board (YCAB); and, engaged in Community Based Participatory Research (CPBR) through Connect2Protect, an initiative that sought to mobilize communities to examine the root causes of HIV among young people and address them through long-term structural change objectives.

Additionally, as a Behavioral Surveyor at the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts I worked on the National HIV Behavioral Surveillance Study (NHBS), a joint project of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. I conducted on-site and face-to-face surveys with populations labeled ‘high risk’ in order to assess demographics, social and sex networks, sexual risk, drug and alcohol use, and access to HIV treatment and prevention services.

Related Publication: White Hughto JM, Hidalgo A, Bazzi A, Reisner S, Mimiaga M. 2016. “Indicators of HIV-risk resilience among men who have sex with men: A content analysis of online profiles.” Sexual Health 13(5): 436-443. doi: 10.1071/SH16023

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