Heidi Härkönen | Social and Cultural Anthropologist

About Heidi

I gained my Doctorate of Social Sciences from the University of Helsinki in 2014 in the field of social and cultural anthropology. My book “Kinship, Love and Life Cycle in Contemporary Havana, Cuba: To Not Die Alone” was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2016. It is a revised version of my dissertation “To Not Die Alone: Love, Kinship and Life Cycle in Contemporary Havana, Cuba” that explores gender and family relations and their relationship to the state throughout the individual life cycle with a focus on love, care, gender and family relations amongst low-income, racially mixed Cubans. I have been a visiting scholar at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York and at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research in the Netherlands. At the moment I am preparing a new research project on wellbeing and social change in contemporary Cuba and working on several article manuscripts. My research interests include gender, kinship, love, sexuality, reproduction, money, wellbeing, the body, personhood, care, life course, beauty, health, food, race, age, social change, Cuba, the Caribbean, socialism and postsocialism.