Photograph by Vonda Kirby, New Orleans, 2016.

Photograph by Vonda Kirby, New Orleans, 2016.

Hi! I'm Lara Stein Pardo. I work in the fields of art, anthropology, and UX/Web. 

My work - research, artwork, teaching, and work on the web - addresses the relationship between arts, personhood, space, and place. 

Right now I'm a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Laboratory for Race and Popular Culture (RAP Lab) & Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology University of Colorado, Boulder.

Based in Denver, CO, Louisville, KY, and Miami, FL

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Currently, I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Laboratory for Race and Popular Culture (RAP Lab) and a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Colorado, Boulder. My research and teaching interests include anthropology and ethnographic methods, arts and artistic practice, diaspora, migrations, race, gender, space, place, mapping, archives, and performance. I focus on the United States, Caribbean, and Latin America, and the interactions between these geographic and cultural areas. 

I earned an MA and PhD in Anthropology from the University of Michigan. At the University of Michigan, I also earned a certificate in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and completed a Residency in the Center for World Performance Studies. I completed my BA in Ethnic Studies and Studio Art from the University of Colorado. In addition, I have completed training courses in Front End Web Development, User Experience Design, and Teaching with Technology. 

My book manuscript, "Tropes of Tropicality and the Work of Art," is in preparation for Duke University Press. It is an ethnographic study analyzing the historic and contemporary relationship between Miami, Latin America, and the Caribbean, and how artists’ works reflect and produce this experience in several ways: engaging the landscape; rethinking migrations; building practices based on diasporic legacies; and intervening in archives. In the Mapping Arts Project, I map cities through places where artists have lived and worked historically, activating hidden histories related not only to our past, but also to our present moment. The project, Mobile Portrait Studio, was featured in the Winter 2011 issue of Nueva Luz.

Recent exhibitions of my work include Social in Practice (2014) in New York, Flux (2012) in Washington, DC, Four minutes, thirty-three seconds (2011) in Miami, Forever Forged. Forever Becoming (2011) in London, Race in Ann Arbor (2009), and Space is the Place in Miami (2008). My research and artwork has been recognized through awards, grants, and residencies from Brown University, the Smithsonian Institution, En Foco, University of Michigan, University of Miami, Miami Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, Ford Foundation, Deering Estate at Cutler Bay, Arts of Citizenship, and Imagining America. 

My work on the web and in UX comes out of my background in anthropology and art, and a desire to combine them in a practical and useful way in the world. I like to make things and help other people bring their ideas to life too. In UX and on the web, I have created my own projects (Mapping Arts Project, for example) and worked on projects for others (such as the Bridges to Cuba project). 

Thanks for visiting. If you want to learn more or talk about a project you are working on, get in touch