Yarimar Bonilla

Yarimar Bonilla is Professor in the Department of Africana, Puerto Rican and Latino Studies at Hunter College and in the PhD Program in Anthropology at the Graduate Center.

Bonilla teaches and writes about sovereignty, citizenship, and race across the Americas. She has written about anti-colonial movements in the French Caribbean, the role of digital protest in the Black Lives Matter movement, the politics of the Trump presidency, and the politics of post-hurricane recovery in Puerto Rico.

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Academic Interests
  • Sovereignty & Non-Sovereignty
  • Race, Colonialism, Social Movements, Citizenship, Empire, 
  • American/Ethnic/Caribbean Studies, Political Anthropology
  • Digital Humanities & Public Scholarship
Recent Publications
  • Aftershocks of Disaster: Puerto Rico Before and After the Storm (Edited by Yarimar Bonilla  and Marisol Lebrón) Chicago: Haymarket Books. (2019)
  • Non-Sovereign Future? French Caribbean Politics in the Wake of Disenchantment. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. (2015)
  • Quick, Quick, Slow: Ethnography in the Digital Age. In Writing Anthropology: Essays on Craft and Commitment, Carole Ann McGranahan (Ed.) Durham: Duke University Press, 2019
  • Deprovincializing Trump, Decolonizing Diversity, and Unsettling Anthropology (by Jonathan Rosa & Yarimar Bonilla) American Ethnologist 44(2):201-208 (2017)
  • Unsettling Sovereignty. Cultural Anthropology 32(3):330-339 (2019)
  • #Ferguson: Digital Activism, Hashtag Ethnography, and the Racial Politics of Social Media. (by Yarimar Bonilla & Jonathan Rosa) American Ethnologist 42(1):4-17 (2015)
  • Ordinary Sovereignty. Small Axe: A Caribbean Platform for Criticism. Vol. 13 no. 3 issue 42): 152-65 (2013)
Public Scholarship
  • The Frustration Behind Puerto Rico’s Popular Movement: An Interview with Yarimar Bonilla. The New Yorker. July 25, 2019
  • Puerto Rican Politics Will Never Be The Same: An Interview with Yarimar Bonilla. Jacobin. August 02, 2019
  • Meet The Women Who Toppled Puerto Rico’s Governor. MTV News. August 08, 2019
  • Puerto Rico: Increased federal control is not the solution. The Hill. July 22, 2019
  • The Leaked Texts at the Heart of Puerto Rico’s Massive Protests. The Nation. July 22, 2019
  • Trump hasn’t treated Puerto Rico well. But that’s a long U.S. tradition. Washington Post. April 01, 2019
  • Bad Bunny, Good Scapegoat: How ‘El Conejo Malo’ Is Stirring a ‘Moral Panic’ in Post-Hurricane Puerto Rico. Billboard.com November 13, 2018
  • Trump’s false claims about Puerto Rico are insulting. But they reveal a deeper truth. Washington Post, September 14, 2018
  • When Disaster Capitalism Comes for the University of Puerto Rico. The ongoing privatization of Puerto Rico’s recovery threatens not only the university’s autonomy, but its very existence. (by Rima Brusi, Yarimar Bonilla, and Isar Godreau) The Nation September 20, 2018
  • Six Months After Maria, Puerto Ricans Face a New Threat—Education Reform. Colonialism and disaster capitalism are dismantling Puerto Rico’s public-school system. (by Yarimar Bonilla, Rima Brusi and Natasha Bannan) The Nation March 21, 2018
  • For Investors, Puerto Rico Is a Fantasy Blank Slate. How tech companies and private capital are poised to reshape the US colony. The Nation. February 28, 2018
  • How Puerto Ricans fit into an increasingly anti-immigrant U.S Washington Post. January 19, 2018
  • Why would anyone in Puerto Rico want a hurricane? Because someone will get rich.” Washington Post, September 22, 2017
  • How to Help the University of Puerto Rico — and How Not To (by Isar Godreau, Yarimar Bonilla, and Don E Walicek) Chronicle of Higher Education November 27, 2017
  • Vulture Capitalists Circle Above Puerto Rican Prey: Interview with Yarimar Bonilla by Bill Moyers” BillMoyers.Com September 30, 2017
  • Puerto Rico in Crisis: Government Workers Battle Against Neoliberal Reform (written by Yarimar Bonilla and Rafael Boglio). NACLA Report on the Americas May 31, 2010
  • Guadeloupe on Strike: A New Political Chapter in the French Antilles. NACLA Report on the Americas 42(3): 6-10. May 15, 2009