Dr. Parvis Ghassem-Fachandi does research in Gujarat, India


Dr. Daniel Goldstein in Belgium


Recently graduated anthropology major continues her work and studies


Dr. Dorothy Hodgson and Maasai activist Ndini Kimesera Sikar at the U.N. in NYC


Student discusses honors poster on “Undocumented Mexican Women in New Brunswick”


Dr. David Hughes at Fukushima Workshop, Tokyo


Graduate student meets orangutan as a T.A. in Borneo with Rutgers Study Abroad "Primates, Ecology and Conservation in Indonesia"


Student discusses Honors work at historic site in Trappe, PA with Chair, Dr. Craig Feibel

Yarimar Bonilla

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(PhD, U Chicago, 2008; Associate Professor, SAS) Political and Historical Anthropology, Postcolonial Studies, Social Movements, Sovereignty, Race, State, Nation, Caribbean Studies,  American Studies.  yarimar.bonilla@rutgers.edu https://twitter.com/yarimarbonilla

For Press Inquiries/Interview Requests please write to: YarimarPress@gmail.com




Blurring the lines between political and historical anthropology, Professor Bonilla teaches and writes about social movements, colonial legacies, and questions of race, sovereignty, and nation across the Americas. 

Bonilla's first book, Non-Sovereign Futures, examines how contemporary activists in the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe imagine and contest the limits of postcolonial sovereignty. Challenging contemporary notions of freedom, sovereignty, nationalism, and revolution, Bonilla recasts Guadeloupe not as a problematically non-sovereign site, but as a place that can unsettle how we think of sovereignty itself. Professor Bonilla's latest book project, Puerto Rico's American Dream, aks how contemporary Puerto Ricans envision their political futures in the context of the territory's current fisal, political, and social crisis. 

In addition, Professor Bonilla has a strong interest in the role of digital technologies within social movements and academic practice. She has written about the politics of hashtag activism within the context of the Black Lives Matter movement and the semiotics of digitial 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.

Professor 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.

Bonilla 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, and the board of the Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology.


Professor Bonilla in conversation with Vanessa Agard Jones at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture 

downloadBook Trailer for Non-Soveregin Futures on Vimeo

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


2017   Unsettling Sovereignty Cultural Anthropology 32(3):330-339 DOI: 10.14506/ca32.3.02

2017   Deprovincializing Trump, decolonizing diversity, and unsettling anthropology. (by Jonathan Rosa and Yarimar Bonilla) American Ethnologist 44(2)

2017   Freedom, Sovereignty, and Other EntanglementsSmall Axe 21 (2 53)201-208

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

2015   #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(1):4-17. 

2015   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. 

2014   Remembering the Songwriter: the Life and Legacies of Michel Rolph Trouillot. Social Dynamics 26 (2): 163-72. (Songwriter PDF)

2013   Ordinary Sovereignty. Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism.13( 3) 42: 152-65. (Ordinary Sovereignty PDF)

2013   History Unchained. Transition. No. 112: 68-77. (History Unchained PDF)


2012  Gwadloup sé tan nou! (Gadalupe es nuestra): El impacto de la huelga general en el imaginario político de las Antillas Francesas. Caribbean Studies. 40(1): 81-98.

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.), 77-94. Paris: Karthala. 


01:070:101 Introduction to Anthropology – This course will provide students with an introduction to the field of Cultural Anthropology. Through readings, films, lectures, and discussions we will examine the orienting concepts of cultural analysis, the ethical implications and methodological challenges of ethnographic research, and the political and intellectual value of practicing anthropology within and beyond academe. View Course site: https://anth101.wordpress.com

01:070:304 Political Anthropology – This course will examine various processes of opposition, resistance, and revolution. The first half of the course will survey foundational works of political theory, while the second half will examine political practice from an ethnographic perspective with an eye towards the lived experience of political participation and the formation (and transformation) of resisting subjects. Over the course of the semester students will conduct individual research on contemporary social movements and for their final project they will think creatively about emerging political agendas for the future.

01:070:518 Power, Race, State, Nation – This graduate seminar is guided by a series of methodological questions: If we understand Race, State, and Nation as sets of relationships (rather than ontological realities), then what are the processes and practices through which these relationships are constituted and how are they entwined? In other words: How does a state produce a nation? And how does the nation depend on race as a form of governance? Through what process are racialized citizens (and non-citizens) produced and managed? In addition, this course asks how these questions can be explored ethnographically. Rather than uncritically promoting an ethnographic approach, we will explore *if* ethnography is best suited to approach these questions within the current landscape, and if so *what kind* of ethnographic approach is required. In addition to anthropology we will draw methodological and theoretical insights from other fields such as ethnic studies, gender studies, cultural studies, historical analysis, and critical race theory.

01:070:605 The Anthropology of Sovereignty – The concept of sovereignty has become central to theorists across a broad range of academic disciplines, fueled in part by recent debates over globalization, transnationalism, international human rights, and the global war on terrorism. Much of this scholarship suggests that we have entered a new era in which political and economic power is being deployed in unprecedented ways across national boundaries and where non-state actors increasingly take up what were long thought to be the privileged duties of state governments. In this class we will examine these arguments with a critical eye, placing them within larger, more complicated, genealogies of political authority. Rather than assuming a current moment of "exception," where sovereignty has become detached from the nation state, we will approach sovereignty as a conceptual framework for thinking about how national boundaries, territorial jurisdictions, political communities, and economic institutions are continuously being forged and contested.


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