Rachel Cantave is a Haitian-American Jaspora from New York. She enjoys reading memoirs, listening to The Read, and Latin and Caribbean carnivals. She is also co-founder of The Ebony Tower.com
She holds a BA in Individualized Study from NYU with a focus on colonial and postcolonial histories of Latin America and the Caribbean. She studied abroad in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil in 2006 and returned in 2008 to facilitate an exchange program for Afro-Brazilian entrepreneurial youth through the organization Levantamos. She has since made Bahia her second home.
She is currently enrolled in a M.A. - Ph.D program in Anthropology at American University.
In 2014, she received a Fulbright Research Fellowship to conduct fieldwork on religion, morality and social justice in Northeastern Brazil. She is currently completing her dissertation, “Serving Faith: A Comparative Study of Religious Influence and Faith-Based Community Service in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil” with support from The Reed Foundation’s Ruth Landes Memorial Grant. She is published in the Journal of Religious Studies, History and Society.
2016 Ph.D. in Anthropology
2013 M.A. in Public Anthropology
2008 B.A. in Individualized Study
New York University
- Favorite Place in Washington DC
- The United States Botanic Garden