I look at black markets as alternative modes of governance, more specifically at how they operate as sites of economic and legal experimentation in the production of national and transnational economies.
My research focuses primarily on Cuba.
PhD in Anthropology, The New School for Social Research
PhD in Latin American Studies, University of Calabria
MPhil in International Relations, University of Rome 3
Lecturer - Graduate Program in International Affairs, The New School
Cuba International Field Program - Faculty Coordinator
Books (all co-authored):
2014. Factores críticos para el logro de la seguridad alimentaria en Cuba. Havana, Cuba. ISBN: 978-959-296-026-8. See UNDP link
2012. 2020: Hacia la sostenibilidad alimentaria en Cuba. Instituto De Investigaciones En Fruticultura Tropical, Havana, Cuba. ISBN 978-959-296-000-8
2003. Guida “Università e Professioni” [Guide to Universities and Professions], Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research, (M.I.U.R.) Issued in 500.000 copies. MIUR, Rome, December 2003. Pages 24-295.
Peer Reviewed articles:
Forthcoming (2016). Henken, T. & Vignoli, G. A Taste of Capitalism? Competing Notions of Cuban Entrepreneurship in Havana’s Paladares. Human Geography.
2015. Henken, T. & Vignoli, G. “Enterprising Cuba: Citizen Empowerment, State Abandonment, or U.S. Business Opportunity?”, American University and SSRC website on the implication fo US-Cuba normalization. Link:
2011. “El Laberinto de la Soledad: hacia una nueva historia”, [the labyrinth of solitude: toward a new history], in Revolución y Cultura. Havana, Cuba.; 2011 (4); 39-48.
2003. ‘Octavio Paz: la Parola Demiurgica’, [Octavio Paz: the Demiurgic Word]. In: Annuario Viator, rivista di prospettive tradizionali. Rovereto, Italy, 2003. Pages 175-190.
Forthcoming (Spring 2016) Henken, T. & Vignoli, G. “Entrepreneurial Reform, Market Expansion, and Political Engagement: Risks and Opportunities for Cuba Today” , in Hershberg, E. & LeoGrande, W. (eds) A new chapter in Us-Cuban relations: Impacts on the Island and Beyond. London, Palgrave Macmillan
Performances and Appearances
Academic conferences/Invited talks
11/04/2015. The politics of marginality: questioning citizenship in Havana. Janey Program for Latin American Studies. The New School.
10/06/2015. Economic and political transformation in Cuba. Invited talk. NYU/Gallatin.
05/29/2015 A (hi)story of Pork: Notes from the Special Period. LASA Annual conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
05/07/2015. Cuba: Looking Forward. Round-table, panellist and discussant.
10/08/2014 Cuba today: analysis from the field. Invited talk at Parsons, the New School, NYC.
11/19/2014 Schizonomics: Havana’s black market. Talk Sponsored by the Observatory on Latin America at the Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy – The New School.
11/24/2014 Making sense of black markets. Invited talk at Pratt Institute. NYC.
Multiple guest lectures at: Pratt Institute; CUNY, The New School.
Expert, live coverage of the Pope’s visit to Cuba and the USA. NY1 News/ Noticias - New York City, September 2015.
Expert, in studio analysis of the Cuba-US diplomatic thaw. EITB tv (Basque country) – New York City, April 2015.
Black markets, socialism and post-socialism; illegality; Cuba; coloniaism and state-making; Revolutions