Paul Ryer is currently an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of California, Riverside. Professor Ryer was trained as a cultural anthropologist at the University of Chicago, and has also completed graduate work in Cuban history and culture at the University of Havana as part of his long-term research in Cuba. His recent research follows the styles and fashions of Cubans and African-born, Cuban-educated students as they migrate, forging new diasporas and fashioning hybridized homelands and remittance networks. He has taught at the University of Chicago, Williams College, and Mount Holyoke College. Professor Ryer is currently completing a book, In Caribbean Waters: África, La Yuma, and the Imagined Geographies of Contemporary Cuba.