Marisol LeBrón is an Assistant Professor of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She received her PhD in American Studies from New York University. An interdisciplinary scholar, LeBrón’s research focuses race, inequality, policing, violence, and political activism in Puerto Rico and Latina/o/x communities.
Her book, Policing Life and Death: Race, Violence, and Resistance in Puerto Rico (University of California Press, 2019), examines the growth of punitive governance in contemporary Puerto Rico. Along with Yarimar Bonilla, she is co-editor of the volume, Aftershocks of Disaster: Puerto Rico Before and After the Storm (Haymarket Press, 2019), which traces the colonial roots of Hurricane Maria and examines the impact of debt and disaster on Puerto Ricans.
LeBrón’s next project, Shared Geographies of Resistance: Puerto Ricans and the Uses of Solidarity, explores the role of Puerto Rican activists in international radical politics and freedom struggles over the course of the twentieth century. Drawing from rich archival data, this project will document how Puerto Ricans in the archipelago and in the diaspora have connected their struggles against U.S. colonial rule with other struggles against colonialism, racism, and military violence taking place around the globe.
LeBrón is also one of the co-creators and project leaders for the Puerto Rico Syllabus, a digital resource for understanding the Puerto Rican debt crisis. She is also one of the editors for The Abusable Past, a digital project that features unique and original content related to the praxis of radical history in this social and political moment.
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