Cristiana Bastos (PhD CUNY 1996) is an anthropologist whose interests combine the disciplines of anthropology, history, and the social study of science, technology and medicine. She is Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon. She taught at the University of Lisbon, Coimbra, ISCTE, Brown, UMass, UNICAMP, UERJ, and guest lectured at Museu Nacional-UFRJ, FIOCRUZ,  UFSC, UnB, Yale, Chicago, Oxford, JNU, U Eduardo Mondlane, among others. In her previous research projects, she addressed population dynamics, transnational mobility, colonial biopolitics, medicine and empire, and the social history of health and well-being, with field and archival research in Portugal, Brazil, the US, Mozambique and India.

She is currently the PI of the ERC project The Colour of Labour (AdG 695573) where she is directly involved with the fields of Guyana, Hawai‘i, New England, Angola and Mobilities. She has published extensively on her research topics, with articles in the journals Medical Anthropology, Anthropology & Medicine, History and Anthropology, Social Analysis, Bulletin of the History of Medicine, International Migration, Journal of Southern African Studies, Identities, Journal of Lusophone Studies, Portuguese Literary and Cultural Studies, Análise Social, EtnográficaHorizontes Antropológicos, and a variety of edited volumes and monographs.


Bastos, C. 2022 “The never-ending poxes of syphilis, AIDS, and measles” Centaurus 1.1: 1-16

Bastos, Cristiana e Ana Isabel Spranger. 2021. “Da Madeira a Demerara em 1847: fome, fuga e futuros incertos” Islenha 38: 37-50

Bastos, Cristiana, André Nóvoa and Noel Salazar. 2021. “Mobile Labour: an introduction”. Mobilities, Special issue on Mobile Labour, 16(2): 155-163.

Bastos, C. 2020. “Indenture-at-wide: learning from Madeiran sugar routes.” Aapravasi Ghat Trust Fund Magazine 5: 58-60

Bastos, C. 2020. “Intersections of Empire, Post-Empire, and Diaspora: De-Imperializing Lusophone Studies.” Journal of Lusophone Studies 5(2): 27-54

Bastos, C., 2020. Apocalipse zombie, sem efeitos especiais.” Revista ClimaCom, Dossiê Epidemiologias, 7(19)

Bastos, C. 2020. “Plantation Memories, Labor Identities, and the Celebration of Heritage: the case of Hawaii Plantation Village.” Museum Worlds. Advances in Research 8: 25-45.

Bastos, C. 2020. “Febre a bordo: migrantes, epidemias, quarentenas.” Horizontes Antropológicos 57: 27-55.

Bastos, C.. 2020. Labor, place, and the production of race. Working paper: Manifesto of “The Colour of Labour”.

Bastos, C., 2019 Açúcar, ananases e ilhéus portugueses no Hawaii: dinâmicas de migração, etnicidade e racialização no terreno e no arquivo. Etnográfica 23(3): 777-798E

Bastos, C., 2019. Luso-Tropicalism Debunked Again: Race, Racism and Racialism In Three Portuguese-Speaking Societies. Luso-Tropicalism and its discontents: The Making and Unmaking of Racial Exceptionalism. Anderson, W., Roque, R., and Santos, R.V., eds. Berghahn

Bastos, C. 2018. Migrants, inequalities and social research in the 1920s: the story of “Two Portuguese Communities in New England”. History and Anthropology, 29 (2): 163-183

Bastos, C. 2018. The Cosmopolitan, the Local, the Particular, and the Universal: Commentary on Nahal Naficy’s “From Rice University to the University of Tehran”. American Anthropologist, 120: 143-144

Bastos, C. 2018. Portuguese in the cane: the racialization of labour in Hawaiian plantations In Changing Societies: Legacies and Challenges. Vol. i. Ambiguous Inclusions: Inside Out, Inside In, eds. S. Aboim, P. Granjo, A. Ramos. Lisbon: Imprensa de Ciências Sociais, 65-96. DOI:10.31447/ics9789726715030.03

Bastos, C., 2018. The Hut-Hospital as Project and as Practice: Mimeses, Alterities, and Colonial Hierarchies. Social Analysis, 62 (2): 76- 97


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