Ruth Behar

Ruth Behar was born in Havana, Cuba, and grew up in New York. She was 26 when she received her PhD in cultural anthropology from Princeton University. She is now the Victor Haim Perera Collegiate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan. A writer, a cultural anthropologist, and a modern nomad, she has lived and worked in Spain, Mexico, and Cuba. She is known for her humanistic approach to understanding identity, immigration, and the search for home in our global era. Reviewers say her writings “tug at the heart” and reveal an artistry that allows her “to capture and share intimate stories while preserving their tellers’ dignity.” Her books include The Presence of the Past in a Spanish Village; Translated Woman: Crossing the Border with Esperanza’s Story, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year; The Vulnerable Observer: Anthropology That Breaks Your Heart; An Island Called Home: Returning to Jewish Cuba; and Traveling Heavy: A Memoir in between Journeys. She is co-editor of Women Writing Culture, editor of Bridges to Cuba/Puentes a Cuba, and co-editor of The Portable Island: Cubans at Home in the World. Her personal documentary, Adio Kerida/Goodbye Dear Love: A Cuban Sephardic Journey, distributed by Women Make Movies, has been shown in festivals around the world.


“The Only Cure for Homesickness Is More Homesickness”