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’i, New England and Angola. 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, Análise Social, EtnográficaHorizontes Antropológicos, and a variety of edited volumes and monographs.


Bastos, C., Nóvoa, A., and Salazar, N., eds. (forthcoming 2021), Special issue “Mobile Labour”, Mobilities

Bastos, C., and Moniz, M., eds. (forthcoming 2020), Migration and Mill Work, New England University Press



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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