Reyes' research focuses on how culture shapes global inequality, broadly defined. Reyes has examined this relationship in tourism, cultural politics of UNESCO, interracial intimacies, and legally plural, foreign-controlled places she call “global borderlands,” like overseas military bases and special economic zones. She has also written on qualitative methodologies.
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Reveals how ships shape host communities in three ways: by gendering its geography, perpetuating stereotypes, and influencing local markets.
Examines UNESCO World Heritage sites and shows how cultural world regions, empire, and bureaucracy shape who is included on the World Heritage List.
Develops a new analytic place to study globalization: global borderlands, places that are semi-autonomous and legally plural, where broad political and economic relations meet on-the-ground. Includes places like overseas military bases, special economic zones, all-inclusive tourist resorts, embassies, cruise ships and international branch campuses.
Explores globalized travel and reveals how it is deeply asymmetric. Reveals that most global travel involves only a handful of countries.
Examines three ways that ethnographers are transparent in their research.
Examines the legacies of the U.S. military and how it shaped the transformation of Subic Bay, Philippines into a special economic zone.