Puerto Ricans are experiencing large-scale displacement due to rapid development by nonresidents, echoing long-standing forms of historical dispossession. In addition, the Puerto Rican diaspora on the mainland suffers similar issues with gentrification in their neighborhoods. Although these have been traditionally studied as independent and isolated phenomena, my PhD examines them as necessarily interdependent processes. This project synthesizes Caribbean and Latine studies with critical human geography to understand how Puerto Rican displacement and dispossession are embodied.

Areas of Interest: Puerto Rico, Displacement, Diaspora Studies, Latine Geographies

Faculty Advisor: Christina Rosan