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Weissman Center for Leadership

Yarimar Bonilla

Yarimar Bonilla

Friday April 6

3:00pm Morrison Room

Willits-Hallowell Conference Center

Preregistration is required for this event.

Yarimar Bonilla is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Caribbean Studies at Rutgers University where she also serves on the advisory board for the Rutgers Advanced Institute of Critical Caribbean Studies. After completing her undergraduate degree in Social Sciences at the University of Puerto Rico, Yarimar received an MA in Latin American Studies at the University of New Mexico, and a Phd in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Chicago.

Blurring the lines between political and historical anthropology, she teaches and writes about questions of sovereignty, citizenship, and race across the Americas. She has tracked these issues across a broad range of sites and practices including: anti-colonial labor activism in the French Caribbean, the role of digital protest in the Black Lives Matter movement, the politics of the Trump presidency, and her current research on the political impact of environmental disasters.

In addition, Professor Bonilla has a strong interest in the role of digital technologies within social movements and academic practice. She has theorized hashtag usage within the context of the Black Lives Matter movement and the semiotics of digital protest in the context of Guadeloupe. She is currently developing a multi-media political atlas of the Caribbean entitled, Visualizing Sovereignty and is a principal collaborator in the #PuertoRicoSyllabus project.

Bonilla has been the recipient of multiple grants and awards from the National Science Foundation, the Wenner Gren Foundation, the Chateaubriand Fellowship Program, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the Russell Sage Foundation, the Carter G. Woodson Institute for Afro-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia, and the W.E.B. Dubois Institute at Harvard University. She is currently Section Editor of Public Anthropologies for the journal American Anthropologist, and serves on the editorial committee for Small Axe: A Caribbean Platform for Criticism.