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Yarimar Bonilla
Position: Professor
Campus Affiliation: Hunter College
Degrees/Diplomas: PhD University of Chicago 2008
Research Interests: Political and historical anthropology; race, sovereignty, coloniality, disaster; Caribbean studies, American studies, ethnic studies
Subfield: Cultural Anthropology
Yarimar Bonilla is Professor in the Department of Africana & Puerto Rican/Latino Studies at Hunter College and the PhD Program in Anthropology at the GC. She is currently a faculty lead in the Seminar on Public Engagement and Collaborative Research at the GC Center for the Humanities and Director of the Puerto Rico Syllabus Project [].
Both an accomplished scholar and a prominent public intellectual, Yarimar Bonilla is a leading voice on questions of Caribbean and Latinx politics. She has written about anti-colonial movements in the French Caribbean, the role of digital protest in the Black Lives Matter movement, the cultural implications of the Trump presidency, disaster capitalism and post-disaster imaginaries in contemporary Puerto Rico.  She is also a regular contributor to publications such as The Washington Post, The Nation, Jacobin, and The New Yorker, and a frequent voice on National Public Radio and programs such as Democracy Now!  She also writes a monthly column in the Puerto Rican newspaper El Nuevo Día titled “En Vaivén,”
To learn more about Professor Bonilla’s work, please visit her website: or follow her on twitter: @yarimarbonilla
Selected Publications:
2020  Non-Sovereign Futures: French Caribbean Politics in the Wake of Disenchantment

2019  Aftershocks of Disaster: Puerto Rico Before and After the Storm
Recent Articles:

2020  “Post-Disaster Futures: Hopeful Pessimism, Imperial Ruination and La Futura Cuir” Small Axe: A Caribbean Platform for Criticism Issue 62 July, 2020

2020  “The Coloniality of Disaster: Race, Empire, and the Temporal Logics of Emergency in Puerto Rico, USA” Political Geography. Vol 78, April 2020

2017  Deprovincializing Trump, Decolonizing Diversity, and Unsettling Anthropology (by Jonathan Rosa & Yarimar Bonilla) American Ethnologist (invited article for special forum on Trump and Brexit edited by Angelique Haugerud and Jeanette Edwards,  44(2):201-208

2017  Unsettling Sovereignty. Cultural Anthropology (invited article for special retrospective on Sovereignty edited by Kauanui, J. Kehaulani) 32(3):330-339

2016  Visualizing Sovereignty: Cartographic Queries for the Digital Age. (by Yarimar Bonilla and Max Hantel) sx:archipelagos 1:1

2015  #Ferguson: Digital Activism, Hashtag Ethnography, and the Racial Politics of Social Media. (by Yarimar Bonilla & Jonathan Rosa) American Ethnologist 42(1):4-17.

Public Scholarship
2020  Public Thinker: Yarimar Bonilla on Decolonizing Decolonization” (interview by Ryan JobsonPublic Books, May 27, 2020 []

2019  Puerto Rican Politics Will Never Be the Same, An interview with Yarimar Bonilla. Jacobin August 2019
2019  The Frustration Behind Puerto Rico’s Popular Movement. Isaac Chotiner Q& A New Yorker  July 26, 2019
2018  For Investors Puerto Rico is a Fantasy blank Slate. The Nation February 18, 2018
2017  Why would anyone in Puerto Rico want a Hurricane? Because Someone will Get Rich. Washington Post September 22, 2017

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