Vanessa K. Harper

Photos by Vanessa K. Harper @ruralcuba now
Videos by TigerLily

Vanessa has been working in Cuba for more than a decade. She is currently a Cuba Scholar in Residence at Jacksonville University where she works to facilitate collaborative agreements between the university and Cuban institutions in an effort to promote the nonpolitical, academic exchange of information. She also works as a Chief Strategist and Executive Producer at TigerLily, a full-service creative production and post-production company rooted in the film industry. Vanessa has been photo-documenting and filming subsistence farmers in the western mountains of rural Cuba since 2005 and is currently working on a multi-media project that shares the stories of these farmers beyond their borders. She holds an MS in Interdisciplinary Ecology with minors in Food & Resource Economics and Cuban Studies from the University of Florida and a BS in Environmental Studies with a minor in Ecology and Field Biology from the University of North Carolina Asheville.