Isar Godreau

Visiting Fellow, July 1 to July 28, 2019

Isar Godreau (Ph.D., Cultural Anthropology, University of California at Santa Cruz). Godreau is a researcher at the Institute of Interdisciplinary Research at the University of Puerto Rico at Cayey. Her research focuses on issues of “race” and cultural nationalism, racism, racial discrimination and identity in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. Godreau has published on the impact of current austerity measures on public higher education in Puerto Rico after hurricane María. She is the author of Arrancando mitos de raíz: guía para la enseñanza antirracista de la herencia africana en Puerto Rico (2013) (Pullying Myths from the Root:  Guide for an antiracist pedagogy about the African heritage in Puerto Rico) and Scripts of Blackness: Race, Cultural Nationalism and US Colonialism in Puerto Rico (2015 University of Illinois Press) which received the Frank Bonilla Book Award from the Puerto Rican Studies Association (PRSA) in 2016. Godreau has received fellowships and grants from the Ford Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the Puerto Rican Foundation for the Humanities. She has held visiting positions at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, New York University, the University of South Florida, and Northwestern University.  While at Princeton, Godreau will be working on two publications that address how racism can exacerbate social inequalities in Puerto Rico, affecting health outcomes and also racialized constructions of the “Puerto Rican self” vis a vis the U.S.