Teresa Delfín is currently at work on a book called Zona Romántica, which is based on 4 years of extensive ethnographic field work in the community. La Zona Romántica is an LGBT-centered community on Mexico's West Coast that is renowned among LGBT communities across Mexico and around the world, but the roughly ten-by-ten blocks of rainbow-draped real estate are virtually unknown to locals and tourists who frequent the nearby attractions. The book focuses on the history of inclusivity in the region, family structure, immigration, aging and dying, and the changing tides for LGBTQ people in Mexico.
Delfín originally trained in service learning design at Stanford, where her pedagogy contributed to the book, Writing for Real: A Handbook for Writers in Community Service. She has since updated her skillset at the 2016 Workshop on Intercultural Skills Enhancement and Conference and at the 2017 Association of International Educators conference. Most recently her students have collaborated with communities in Salvador and Rio in Brazil and on organic cacao farms in the Dominican Republic.
Delfín has several other projects in the works, all focused on LGBTQ Mexico, including a documentary, which will be released in the fall of 2017 and an interactive, open-source website on the history of LGBTQ Mexico created in part by a grant from the Mellon Foundation.
Leading educational experiences abroad has been a source of tremendous pleasure and a natural outgrowth of Delfin's teaching and fieldwork. Below is a list of courses she has taught outside of the U.S.
Anthropology in the Peruvian Highlands: The Enduring Legacy of Inca Culture
Chocolate: Production, Politics, and Power in the Dominican Republic
Afro-Brazilian Community and Culture