M.Riviere jpegAnthropologist Melisa Rivière is the founder of Son Dos Alas. She received her doctorate degree as a MacArthur fellow from the University of Minnesota in 2010. Her research 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 gave back to the hip-hop communities she worked with by building up artists and creating a unique catalogue of Cuban and Latin American hip-hop. As an educator and scholar Melisa has taught as adjunct faculty at Hamline University and served as lecturer in the Institute for Global Studies at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Rivière has spent years developing critical pedagogical approaches and participatory-action research to create curriculum and ethical educational engagements between the United States and Cuba. In 2018, Rivière took on the role of Havana Center Director for the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE). Due to the COVID-19 indefinite suspension of the CIEE Havana Study Center in spring of 2020, Dr. Riviere is currently designing and executing custom academic programs to Cuba with Son Dos Alas.