Anna Hidalgo is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at Columbia University. Her research specializations include culture, gender, sexuality, race, and transnational sociology.
Anna’s dissertation and book project uses the case of transnational intimate relationships in a Peruvian coastal town to demonstrate how pleasure, desire, and fantasy emerge as responses to experiences of marginality and alienation. She examines masculine subcultures, the socio-cultural dimensions of tourism, and how people use fantasy to cope with structural and personal disappointments. A second project investigates how networks impact professional outcomes in academia, specifically for those with marginalized identities. She draws from interviews with tenured and tenure track faculty members at two universities to examine how brokerage processes facilitated success for women and people of color in academia, and explores the complications and implications that arise from these processes.