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Laura-Zoë Humphreys Assistant Professor Department of Communication Tulane University

Laura-Zoë Humphreys

Assistant Professor of Communication

219 Newcomb Hall, Office D


University of Chicago, PhD


Research Interests

Professor Laura-Zoë Humphreys completed a Joint Ph.D. in Anthropology and Cinema and Media Studies and her research reflects this dual training, combining interests in cinema and the public sphere, digital technologies and media piracy, the anthropology of media, and post/socialism. Her current book project tracks how Cuban filmmakers use allegory to articulate an ambivalent relationship to the Cuban Revolution, and how these efforts frequently come up against paranoid readings of their work. This book delves into themes with resonance both for Cuba and beyond, exploring, for instance, how anxieties about autonomy and conflicts over allegorical interpretation shape public debate and representation, and how textual analysis and ethnographic research can be brought together to better understand the social dynamics and effects of art. She has also begun researching and publishing on the history and contemporary dynamics of media piracy in Cuba.

Selected Publications

  • “Paranoid Readings and Ambivalent Allegories in Cuban Cinema,” Social Text 132 35.3 (September 2017): 17-40.
  • "Utopia in a Package? Digital Media Piracy and the Politics of Entertainment in Cuba." Hot Spots, Cultural Anthropology website, March 23, 2017.
  • "Symptomologies of the State: Cuba’s ‘Email War’ and the Paranoid Public Sphere.” Digital Cultures and the Politics of Emotion: Feelings, Affect and Technological Change. Editors, A. Kuntsman and A. Karatzogianni. Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan. 2012