Weaponizing Natural Disaster: Citizenship and Race in the Aftermath of Hurricane Maria

Saturday, April 4, 2020, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Type: Roundtable Discussion


In September 2017 a Category 4 hurricane devastated Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Dominica. In the following months, government and Nongovernmental Organizations recorded thousands of hurricane-related deaths and documented the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people. Puerto Rico is in the process of recovering from billions of dollars in damage but is doing so under the additional strains of a new era of politicized federal responses to natural disasters that began at least as early as Hurricane Katrina in August 2005. This panel brings scholars, researchers, and activists to examine the evolving situation in Puerto Rico.

Session Participants

Panelist: Luis Alberto Aviles, University of Puerto Rico

Panelist: Yarimar Bonilla, Hunter College, City University of New York

Panelist: Mónica Jiménez, University of Texas at Austin