Corinna J. Moebius, Ph.D. – Resume
As an interdisciplinary educator, consultant and scholar-activist, I specialize in work that builds equity (and especially racial equity), reflexivity, understandings of power, and cultural competency. I have engaged in this work for most of my adult life.
Activism & Writing
A resident of Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood for more than a decade, I’ve become recognized for my civic leadership and activism regarding affordable housing and equitable development. I was among the activists who helped prevent unwanted rezoning of the neighborhood (see NPR clip above).
The local bilingual newspaper, Calle Ocho News, recognized me with a Community Champion Award in 2019. I co-founded the Little Havana Merchant Alliance.
- Served on the advisory committee for the Little Havana Revitalization Master Plan (winner of the 2019 Honor Award for Excellence from the Making Cities Livable Conference).
- As co-founder and Vice Chair of the Little Havana Merchant Alliance, launched a community weekly breakfast series and organized the neighborhood’s first Open House, which brought together more than 100 community residents and other stakeholders to learn about various projects taking place in the neighborhood.
- Interviewed by All Things Considered (NPR), the Miami Herald, The Atlantic, The New York Times and numerous other outlets based on my work in Little Havana.
Research & Writing
As a researcher, my area of focus has been white supremacy, including transnational white supremacy and the dynamics of whiteness and anti-blackness in Latinx communities. I am currently turning my Ph.D. dissertation into a book: American Dreams
It reveals how Cuban emigre civic elites and militant anti-Castro groups created and used a touristic district to assert white dominance and build Anglo-white Cuban solidarity while portraying “Cuban culture” as colorblind and inclusive.
I’ve co-authored a “people’s history” of Little Havana: A History of Little Havana (The History Press, 2015).
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Initiated in Cuba as a priest of Santería in 2007 (but no longer active in the religion), I have been actively involved in Afro-Latinx communities of DC and Miami for two decades.
Corinna, I want to say that you are really an incredible consultant. I love working on projects with you and the way you add your own creativity and intelligence to every little task.
Thank you for all your work for CTCNet and the many communities you touch. You’ve done such great work on this project.
Corinna is the architect of the famous “Quadrangle Strategy” that is the foundation on which ALL the rest of what we did for public involvement rests. I recall the first time Corinna sketched it out for us at HNTB’s office. It was like “Damn, that’s brilliant!” So on behalf of everybody on the project team and all the residents who will never know how they came to be informed, educated and engaged as well as they did, Corinna, “thank you for everything.”
Corinna Moebius is the embodiment of talent, passion, compassion, boundless generosity and above all action.
I have enjoyed working with her and have watched all of her community empowerment projects grow into networks of proactive communities and successful civic engagements.
Web Site & Presentation Design
I recently designed and developed a website for the Mayor’s Task Force on Racial & Ethnic Equality (West Palm Beach), and researched and wrote all the content featured in its five policy areas, including Real Estate & Housing, Health, and Criminal Justice.
I compiled racial disparity data and linked it to policy . The History section, under development, illuminates links between present-day disparities and historical root causes, while also recognizing decades of struggle for justice and civil rights.
I also developed a multimedia presentation for a recent virtual Action Summit attended by nearly 200 West Palm Beach residents, which received extremely positive reviews from participants.
Online Guides & Storytelling
I’ve created numerous online guides, including a website called LittleHavanaGuide.com (no longer live), which had nearly a hundred original articles about the neighborhood. My most recent independent project, AfroLittleHavana.com (under development), is an interactive website highlighting the histories and contributions of Afro-descendants in Little Havana.
Teaching, Speaking, Tour Guiding
I educate using a variety of modalities.
Educator Centered on Equity
I teach online classes on cultural competency, feminist theory and critical race theory in the Global & Sociocultural Studies department at Florida International University in Miami.
I have facilitated numerous conversations on race in intersection with gender, class, ethno-nationality and other social vectors, as well as the nuanced shifts of social constructs within specific historical, spatial and social contexts.
These classes include the Sociology of Gender and the Anthropology of Race & Ethnicity.
Workshops & Panels
I have also led workshops and served on panels that address racial equity and inclusion, most recently at the annual meeting of the Community Reinvestment Alliance of South Florida and at the National Synergy Summit for Cultural & Heritage Tourism.
The photo to your left features an enthusiastic participant in my workshop on systemic racism in the real estate industry.
Educational Background: Crossing Interdisciplinary Boundaries
Ph.D. in Global & Sociocultural Studies
In 2019, I earned my Ph.D. in Global & Sociocultural Studies (concentration in Anthropology) from Florida International University (FIU) (2019), with Graduate Certificates in Afro-Latin American Studies and African & African Diaspora Studies.
The name of my dissertation is Commemorative Bodies: (Un)Making Racial Order and Cuban White Supremacy in Little Havana’s Heritage District.
During graduate school, I was a Teaching Assistant and received the university’s prestigious Dissertation Fellowship. I also served as a Graduate Fellow in the Smithsonian’s Latino Museum Studies Program in Washington, DC and a Goizueta Graduate Fellow with the University of Miami’s Cuban Heritage Collection.
M.A. in Speech Communication
I received an M.A. in Speech Communication from California State University, Northridge–specializing in organizational communication, critical theory and Cultural Studies.
My thesis, “Where We Are From, Where We Are Goin’ To: Placing and Black Students’ Discursive Construction of Community,” illuminated the stories of black students, including Afro-Latinx students, and their efforts to create a welcoming gathering space on campus. It highlighted the intersectional dynamics, tokenism and racial bias students faced, along with forms of systemic and structural racism, as well as the resilience of black placemaking. I earned the university’s Spirit of Educational Equity award.
B.D.I.C. in Communications & Anthropology
As an undergraduate, I designed an interdisciplinary, self-designed B.A. in “Communications and Anthropology,” with a Minor in Geography, from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (Bachelor’s Degree with Individual Concentration).
As an undergraduate, I worked part-time as a cartographer and researcher for the Historical Atlas of Massachusetts, gathering and analyzing data for the chapter on Race and Ethnicity.
I am certified in Permaculture. I also received a Certificate in Visionary Leadership from the Center for Visionary Leadership in Washington, DC.