Anthropologist Melisa Rivière received her doctorate degree as a MacArthur fellow from the University of Minnesota in 2010. Her research has focused on the globalization of hip-hop, civil rights, media, and popular youth culture movements in Cuba and Puerto Rico. She has published portions of her research in academic journals and popular culture magazines as well as received various awards for her multimedia ethnographic works. Through Emetrece Productions, an independent “edu-tainment” music label, Dr. Rivière administrates a unique catalogue of Cuban and Latin American hip-hop, much of which she records herself as a component of her anthropological fieldwork. She has served as academic director for SIT Study Abroad, taught as adjunct faculty at Hamline University and served as lecturer in the Institute for Global Studies at the University of Minnesota. Currently, Dr. Rivière is focused on developing critical pedagogical approaches and participatory-action research to assist in developing curriculum and ethical educational initiatives between the United States and Cuba. As integral to this work she designs and leads customized trips to Cuba for university programs, students, faculty and professionals.