Gabriel Vignoli has a doctorate in economic anthropology from The New School and one in Latin American Studies from the University of Calabria (Italy).

His current research is on Cuba’s informal, a-legal and illegal economies. More specifically, he analyzes 1) how self-entrepreneurship is transforming Havana’s black market from a site of alternative socio-economic redistribution, into one of progressive differentiation and polarization. 2) How are monetary crisis and fiscal ambiguity mobilized to articulate “actually existing” forms of citizenship in the face of scarcity? How are notions of the “State” being recast when money and taxes—understood as symbolic, political and technical modes of functioning and intelligibility—are brought into question?  3) the role of technology in the changing perception and production of public spaces in Cuba.

Gabriel teaches graduate and undergraduate seminars at The New School University.  He has worked in different capacities for UN, EU, and Italian organizations in Havana, Mumbai, New York City, and Rome.