Dr. Sippial's research focuses on the experience of women in Latin America, as part of a broader commitment to the study of the operation of power in Latin American society. Her current research on prostitution in Cuba explores the connection between state imperatives to control prostitute's lives, labors, and bodies, and the development of broader categories of appropriate behavior within a colonial and post-colonial setting. Her work reveals that ongoing negotiations between state agents, local citizens, and prostitutes over the form and function of Cuba's regulatory mechanism between 1840 and 1920 ultimately shaped, and were shaped by, broader competing discourses about citizenship, the legitimate exercise of state power, and the development of Cuba as a "modern" state.

Past Affiliations
Women's Studies, History
BA, Southwestern University, Spanish
PhD, University of New Mexico, Latin American History
MA, University of New Mexico, Latin American Studies
BA, Southwestern University, Art History