Author-Meets-Critics: Marisol LeBrón's Policing Life and Death: Race, Violence, and Resistance in Puerto Rico

Type: Panel
Sponsor Groups: Black Geographies Specialty Group, Socialist and Critical Geography Specialty Group, Latinx Geographies Specialty Group
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Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 1:10 PM / 2:50 PM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Virginia A, Marriott, Lobby Level
Organizers: Joaquin Villanueva


In her exciting new book, Marisol LeBrón traces the rise of punitive governance in Puerto Rico over the course of the twentieth century to the present moment. Punitive governance emerged as a way for the Puerto Rican state to manage the deep and ongoing crises stemming from the archipelago’s incorporation into the United States as a colonial territory. Experienced as a structuring component of everyday life for many Puerto Ricans, police power has reinforced social inequality and worsened conditions of vulnerability in marginalized communities.

Far from a totalizing narrative of state violence, this book provides powerful examples of how Puerto Ricans negotiate and resist their subjection to increased levels of segregation, criminalization, discrimination, and harm. Policing Life and Death shows how Puerto Ricans are actively rejecting punitive solutions and working towards alternative understandings of safety and a more just future.

Panelists include: Stuart Schrader, Jordan T. Camp, Zaire Dinzey-Flores, Jenna Loyd, Beverley Mullings, and Micol Seigel.
Marisol LeBrón will respond directly to questions emerging from the Panel and the audience.


Type Details Minutes
Introduction Joaquin Villanueva Gustavus Adolphus College 10
Panelist Jenna Loyd University of Wisconsin-Madison 15
Panelist Stuart Schrader Harvard University 15
Panelist Micol Seigel Indiana University 15
Panelist Beverley Mullings Queen's University 15
Panelist Jordan Camp Barnard College 15
Panelist Marisol Lebron University of Texas - Austin 15

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