Non-Sovereign Futures: French Caribbean Politics in the Wake of Disenchantment. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015

Interview with Professor Bonilla about Non-Sovereign Futures for the New Book Network

Yarimar Bonilla in conversation with Vanessa Agard Jones about Non-Sovereign Futures at the NYPL Schomburg center for Research in Black Culture.

Book forum on Non-Sovereign Futures Small Axe 21, no. 2 (2017):201-208

SPOTIFY PLAYLIST  for Non-Sovereign Futures

Non-Sovereign Futures: French Caribbean Politics in the Wake of Disenchantment marks a significant intervention into debates about Caribbean pasts in the present. Focusing its historical and ethnographic lens on labor upheavals in Guadeloupe, the book explores with methodological verve and seminal insight the paradoxical tension between the desire to resist continued dependence on France, and the difficulty of articulating a vocabulary that might embody the collective demand for an alternative mode of political self-determination. In short, the book aims to put into question whether sovereignty can continue to be imagined as the single normative good and ultimate value of modern political life.” – David Scott

Digital Projects

Puerto Rico Syllabus: Essential tools for critical thinking about the Puerto Rican debt crisis.


Visualizing Sovereignty. Animated video of Caribbean political history designed by Yarimar Bonilla and Max Hantel

Selected Articles


Unsettling SovereigntyCultural Anthropology (invited article for special retrospective on Sovereignty edited by Kauanui, J. Kehaulani) 32, no. 3 (2017):330-339

  • AnthroBites: Sovereignty  Yarimar Bonilla discusses her article with Siobhan McGuirk on AnthroPod podcast from Cultural Anthropology Septemer 28, 2017

Ordinary Sovereignty. Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism. 13 no.3 (2013): 152-65.

Visualizing Sovereignty: Cartographic Queries for the Digital Age. (by Yarimar Bonilla and Max Hantel) sx:archipelagos 1 no. 1 (2016)


Deprovincializing Trump, Decolonizing Diversity, and Unsettling Anthropology (by Jonathan Rosa & Yarimar Bonilla) American Ethnologist  44, no. 2 (2017):201-208

#Ferguson: Digital protest, hashtag ethnography, and the racial politics of social media in the United States  (by Yarimar Bonilla and Jonathan Rosa) American Ethnologist,  42, no. 1 (2015):4-17.

History Unchained. (A discussion of  Django Unchained  and LincolnTransition. No. 112: 68-77


Guadeloupe Is Ours. The Prefigurative Politics of the Mass Strike in the French Antilles. Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies. 12 no. 1 (2010): 125-137

“Gwadloup sé tan nou!” (Guadalupe es nuestra): El impacto de la huelga general en el imaginario político de las Antillas FrancesasCaribbean Studies. 40 no. 1 (2012): 81-98.

The Past Is Made by Walking: Labor Activism and Historical Production in Postcolonial Guadeloupe. Cultural Anthropology. 26 no. 3 (2011): 313–339. 

2012 Le syndicalisme comme marronage: épistémologies du travail et de l’histoire en Guadeloupe. In Mobilisations sociales aux Antilles: Les événements de 2009 dans tous leurs sens, Jean-Claue William, Fred Reno and Fabienne Alvarez (Eds). Paris: Karthala 77-94

Between Terror and Transcendence: Global Narratives of Islam and the Political Scripts of Guadeloupe’s Indianité. In Islam and the Americas, Aisha Khan (Ed.), 141-162. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2015.


Unsettling the classics: On symptomatic readings and disciplinary agnosticism” contribution to forum on “Why do we read the classics?” Hau: Journal of Ethnographic Theory 7 (3): 23-28. Winter 2017

Fast Writing: Ethnography in the Digital Age. Savage Minds,  March 30, 2015.

Burning Questions: The Life and Work of Michel-Rolph Trouillot, 1949-2012. NACLA Report on the Americas no. 46 (2013): 182-84.

Remembering the Songwriter: the Life and Legacies of Michel Rolph TrouillotSocial Dynamics 26, no. 2 (2014): 163-72

Full CV: Y. Bonilla CV 03.2018