Humanities Council | Feminist Challenges to Debt in Puerto Rico

Apr 19, 2023, 5:00 pm6:30 pm
216 Burr Hall (open to the public)



Event Description

Marisol LeBron is one of the creators of the Puerto Rico Syllabus, a digital resource for understanding the Puerto Rico debt crisis. She is the author of Policing Life and Death: Race, Violence, and Resistance in Puerto Rico (2019) and Against Muerto Rico: Lessons from the Verano Boricua (2021). She is also the co-editor of Aftershocks of Disaster: Puerto Rico Before and After the Storm (2019).

Marisol will be joining us via Zoom.

Dr. Marisol LeBrón is an Associate Professor in Feminist Studies and Critical Race and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Prior to arriving at UCSC, Dr. LeBrón held appointments at the University of Texas at Austin, Dickinson College, and Duke University. Dr. LeBrón received her PhD in American Studies from New York University and her bachelor's degree in Comparative American Studies and Latin American Studies from Oberlin College.

An interdisciplinary scholar, Dr. LeBrón’s research and teaching focus on social inequality, policing, violence, and protest. She is the author of Policing Life and Death: Race, Violence, and Resistance in Puerto Rico (University of California Press, 2019) and Against Muerto Rico: Lessons from the Verano Boricua (Editora Educación Emergente, 2021). Along with Yarimar Bonilla, Dr. LeBrón is the co-editor of Aftershocks of Disaster: Puerto Rico Before and After the Storm (Haymarket Books, 2019). Dr. LeBrón has published her research in a variety of venues including Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and SocietyModern American History, Radical History Review, Journal of Urban History, Souls: A Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society, Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory, NACLA Report on the Americas, and the edited volume Policing the Planet: Why the Policing Crisis Led to Black Lives Matter. Learn more.

For inquiries or more information, contact Dr. Alberto Morales: [email protected], Dr. Nicolas Sanchez-Rodriguez: [email protected], JahAsia Jacobs: [email protected].

The Debt Working Group brings together faculty, graduate students, and staff who are interested in studying debt from an interdisciplinary perspective. The group addresses issues such as the history and legitimacy of sovereign debt; the (un)sustainability and fairness of consumer debt; the logics of colonial and ecological debts; the affective valences of debt as they appear in debates about reparations/repair; debt as a language of morality and as a narratological device; the plural temporalities and spaces of debt; and debt as a tool of governance and subjectivation. 

Humanities Council, Department of Anthropology, and the Program in Latin American Studies