Yarimar Bonilla

Yarimar Bonilla (@yarimarbonilla) is Professor of Anthropology at the City University of New York. 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.

Selected Publications:
  1. Figueroa-Vásquez, Y., & Bonilla, Y. (2020). A white scholar pretended to be black and Latina for years. This is modern minstrelsy. The Guardian.
  2. Bonilla, Y., & Hantel, M. (2016). Visualizing sovereignty: Cartographic queries for the digital age. sx archipelagos.
  3. Bonilla, Y., & Rosa, J. (2015). #Ferguson: Digital protest hashtag ethnography and the racial politics of social media. American Ethnologist, 42(1), 4–17.