Yarimar Bonilla

Yarimar Bonilla

Anthropology Department, Rutgers University
Dubois Institute, Harvard University
Yarimar Bonilla

Yarimar Bonilla is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Caribbean Studies at Rutgers University. With support from the National Science Foundation, she is currently affiliated to the History Design Studio at the W.E.B. Dubois Institute of African and African American Research where she is developping a new long-term research project with the following goals: (1) to develop a series of indicators of sovereignty that build on both quantitative and qualitative research that will allow us to conceptualize sovereignty in more complex and sophisticated ways; (2) to gather information on these indicators across different Caribbean societies in order to create an alternative archive of sovereign relationships; (3) to experiment with new modes of data visualization that will better represent sovereignty as partial, fluctuating, and contested. These visualizations will serve as a counter to current cartographies that represent the world through the fixed boundaries of putatively sovereign nations. They will also serve as tools of inquiry about the nature of sovereignty, its patterns, its negotiations, and its shifts over time. The results of this project will have potential implications for public policy regarding international assistance, humanitarianism, and international aid by adding new dimensions to existing criteria for determining measures of political sovereignty, state capacity, and a re-evaluation of the goals of “good governance.”

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