Yarimar Bonilla is a political anthropologist specializing in questions of sovereignty, citizenship, and race across the Americas. She has tracked these issues across a broad range of sites and practices including: postcolonial politics in the French Caribbean, the role of digital protest in the Black Lives Matter movement, the politics of the Trump presidency, the Puerto Rican statehood movement, and her current research—for which she was named a 2018 Carnegie Fellow—on the political, economic, and social aftermath of hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.
Blurring the lines between political and historical anthropology, she teaches and writes about questions of sovereignty, citizenship, and race across the Americas.
Visualizing Sovereignty: Animated video of Caribbean political history designed by Yarimar Bonilla and Max Hantel
#Ferguson: Digital Protest, Hashtag Ethnography, and the Racial Politics of Social Media in the United States
En medio de una “devastación inimaginable el gobierno de Estados Unidos está ignorando a Puerto Rico”
Yarimar is a celebrated author and editor known for both her analytical acumen and lucid prose. Throughout her writings she explores how contemporary political actors navigate, contest, and transform the limits of modern politics across the Americas and beyond.
Professor Bonilla has a strong interest in the role of digital technologies in the democratization of knowledge. She produces animated scholarly videos, public syllabi, and online scholarly resources.
Writing broadly across disciplines and fields, Bonilla’s academic articles have tackled questions of coloniality, sovereignty, historicity, racial politics, digital ethnography, cartographic representation, and the politics of memory. At present she is committed to publishing solely in open-access platforms.