Yarimar Bonilla is Associate Professor in the Department of Latino and Caribbean Studies and the Department of Anthropology. Blurring the lines between political and historical anthropology, she teaches and writes about political imaginaries, colonial legacies, and the politics of history in the Atlantic World. Her first book, Non-Sovereign Futures, examines the political possibilities that emerge in the wake of disenchantment with postcolonial sovereignty, through an ethnographic study of labor activism in the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe. She is currently at work on an ethnographic study of the Puerto Rican pro-statehood movement, tentatively titled The Unthinkable State, which seeks to interrogate how and why annexationism is being re-imagined as a form of anti-colonial politics.
In addition, Professor Bonilla has a strong interest in the role of digital technologies within both social movements and academic practices. She is currently working on several projects regarding the use of digital technologies among both African-American and Caribbean activists, and is also in the process of developing a multi-media political atlas of the Caribbean entitled, Visualizing Sovereignty.
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, and the Carter G. Woodson Institute for Afro-American and African Studies. She currently serves on the Executive Board of the Society for Cultural Anthropology, on the editorial committee for Small Axe: A Caribbean Platform for Criticism, and the editorial board of the Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology.
Non-Sovereign Futures: French Caribbean Politics in the Wake of Disenchantment (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015).
with Jonathan Rosa, "#Ferguson: Digital protest, hashtag ethnography, and the racial politics of social media in the United States,," American Ethnologist, 42, no.1 (2015).
"Remembering the Songwriter: the Life and Legacies of Michel Ralph Trouillot," Social Dynamics 26, no. 2 (2014).
'Ordinary Sovereignty," Small Axe, no. 42 (November 2013)
"History Unchained (Reflections on Lincoln and Django Unchained)," Transition, 112 (Fall 2013).
"'Gwadloup sé tan nos!' (Guadalupe es nuestra): El impacto de la huelga general en el imaginario político de las Antillas Francesas" Caribbean Studies, 40, no. 1 (2012)