Photo (detail above) by JACK DELANO. Rio Piedras (vicinity), Puerto Rico. Family of a FSA (Farm Security Administration) borrower (1941)


  • Frances Negrón-Muntaner
  • Mimi Sheller 


  • Westenley (Wes) Alcenat
  • Matthew Chrisler
  • Cesar Colón-Montijo 
  • Kaiama Glover
  • Tao Leigh Goffe
  • Mónica A. Jiménez
  • Natasha Lightfoot 
  • Hilda Lloréns 
  • Yolanda Martínez-San Miguel 
  • Sarah Muir
  • Tami Navarro
  • Maricela Perryman
  • Katerina Gonzalez Seligman
  • Sarabel Santos-Negrón
  • Jason Thomas Wozniak


Frances Negrón-Muntaner, Co-Director, Unpayable Debt working group. Negrón-Muntaner is a filmmaker, writer, curator, scholar and professor at Columbia University, where she is the founding director of the Media and Idea Lab and founding curator of the Latino Arts and Activism Archive at Columbia’s Rare Books and Manuscripts Library. Among her books and publications are: Boricua Pop: Puerto Ricans and the Latinization of American Culture (CHOICE Award, 2004), The Latino Media Gap (2014), and Sovereign Acts: Contesting Colonialism in Native Nations and Latinx America (2017). Her most recent films include Small City, Big Change (2013), War for Guam (2015) and Life Outside (2016).

Mimi Sheller is Professor of Sociology and founding Director of the Center for Mobilities Research and Policy at Drexel University in Philadelphia. She is founding co-editor of the journal Mobilities and past President of the International Association for the History of Transport, Traffic and Mobility. She is author or co-editor of ten books, including Island Futures: Global Mobilities and Caribbean Survival (forthcoming with Duke University Press); Mobility Justice: The Politics of Movement in an Age of Extremes (Verso, 2018); Aluminum Dreams: The Making of Light Modernity  (MIT Press, 2014); Citizenship from Below: Erotic Agency and Caribbean Freedom (Duke University Press, 2012); Consuming the Caribbean: From Arawaks to Zombies (Routledge, 2003); and Democracy After Slavery: Black Publics and Peasant Radicalism in Haiti and Jamaica (Macmillan Caribbean, 2000).  She can be located on line at: Facebook: mCenterDrexel, Twitter: @mCenterDrexel, and:

Westenley (Wes) Alcenat  is a scholar, teacher, mentor, and academic consultant. His primary focus is the African American protest tradition in the nineteenth century, American antislavery, Transatlantic abolitionism, and the Haitian Revolution’s legacy and influence on Black American radicalism in the United States. He teaches U.S., Atlantic, and Afro-Caribbean history at Fordham University in the Bronx. He was previously a Visiting Scholar in the Department of History at MIT’s School of the Humanities Arts and Social Sciences (SHASS) and an Associate Fellow at the Weatherhead Initiative on Global History (WIGH) at Harvard University. Wes is a native of Haiti and partly grew up in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area in Minnesota. He lives in the Bed-Stuy neighborhood with his pet rabbit, BB King.

Matthew Chrisler is a Phd Candidate in Anthropology at the City University of New York Graduate Center. His research focuses on the  history and politics nonprofit education reform. He is currently doing fieldwork. Matthew is a member of the New York Stands with Standing Rock Collective, and an editor of the Standing Rock Syllabus– an academic-activist project consisting of an in-depth syllabus of Indigenous-centered research around the #NoDAPL movement, teach-ins in the New York metropolitan area, and ongoing outreach to academic and activist groups resisting settler colonial resource extraction.

César Colón-Montijo is a doctorate candidate in the ethnomusicology program at Columbia University and also served as a graduate fellow in the Unpayable Debt working group. In 2011, he was the researcher and writer for the musical documentary Sonó Sonó: Tite Curet. He currently writes for 80 Grados, a cultural and literary web magazine from Puerto Rico. 

Kaiama Glover is Professor of French and Africana Studies at Barnard College, Columbia University. She is the author of Haiti Unbound: A Spiralist Challenge to the Postcolonial Canon (Liverpool 2010); co-editor of Marie Vieux Chauvet: Paradoxes of the Postcolonial Feminine (Yale French Studies 2016) and of the forthcoming Haiti Reader (Duke UP); and translator of Frankétienne’s Ready to Burst (Archipelago Books 2014), Marie Chauvet’s Dance on the Volcano (Archipelago Books 2016), and René Depestre’s Hadriana in All My Dreams (Akashic Books 2017). She has won awards from the PEN/Heim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mellon Foundation, and the Fulbright Foundation. She is founding co-editor of sx archipelagos: a small axe platform for digital practice and Director of the digital humanities project In the Same Boats: Toward an Afro-Atlantic Intellectual Cartography.

Tao Leigh Goffe is Assistant Professor in the Department of Africana Studies and the Program in Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies at Cornell University. A cultural critic and interdisciplinary scholar, she specializes in the narratives that emerge from histories of imperialism, migration, and globalization. Her interdisciplinary research examines the unfolding relationship between technology, the senses, memory, sexuality, and nature. She teaches these themes in relation to African, Asian, and Caribbean diasporas using DJ’ing as an embodied praxis for remixing the senses. She received a PhD in American Studies from Yale University and has held academic positions at New York University, Princeton University, and Hunter College, CUNY. Twitter: @taoleighgoffe

Mónica A. Jiménez is assistant professor in the African and African Diaspora Studies Department at the University of Texas at Austin. Her teaching and research explore the intersections of law, race and nationalism in U.S. empire building in Latin America and the Caribbean. Her book manuscript, American State of Exception, offers a legal history of race and exception in United States empire building and centers on the place of Puerto Rico within that larger historical trajectory. Dr. Jiménez has received fellowships in support of her work from the Ford Foundation, the Puerto Rican Studies Association, the Institute for Global Law and Policy at Harvard Law School, and the University of Texas at Austin.

Natasha Lightfoot is an Associate Professor in the Columbia University Department of History. She is the author of Troubling Freedom: Antigua and the Aftermath of British Emancipation (2015) and her work has been also published in Slavery & Abolition, The CLR James Journal, and The New York Times. Her research on Caribbean emancipations and black conceptions and practices of freedom has been supported by the Ford Foundation, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the Yale Gilder-Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Abolition and Resistance, and the American Antiquarian Society.

Hilda Lloréns is an anthropologist focusing on the Hispanic Caribbean, mainly on Puerto Rico and Latinx U.S. She investigates the workings of race and racisms, the social construction of nation, gender, power, and resistance across socio-cultural contexts. Prof. Lloréns is the author of Imaging the Great Puerto Rican Family: Framing Nation, Race, and Gender during the American Century (2014), and is co-author of Arrancando Mitos de Raíz: Guía para una Enseñanza Antirracista de la Herencia Africana en Puerto Rico (2013). Her research has been supported by grants from The American Association of University Women, National Science Foundation, Puerto Rico Sea Grant-NOAA, New England Board of Higher Education, and Centro-Puerto Rican Research Initiative. At the University of Rhode Island, Prof. Lloréns  teaches core courses in cultural and linguistic anthropology.

Yolanda Martínez-San Miguel is the Marta S. Weeks Endowed Chair in Latin American Studies and Professor at the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at the University of Miami. Her areas of teaching and research interest include Latin American Literature, Colonial, Caribbean, and Latino Literatures, Literary Theory, Colonial, Postcolonial and Decolonial Studies, Migration Studies, Sexuality, Queer and Trans Studies.She is the author of Saberes americanos: subalternidad y epistemología en los escritos de Sor Juana (Iberoamericana, 1999), Caribe Two Ways: cultura de la migración en el Caribe insular hispánico (Callejón, 2003); From Lack to Excess: ‘Minor’ Readings of Colonial Latin American Literature (Bucknell UP, 2008); and Coloniality of Diasporas: Rethinking Intra-Colonial Migrations in a Pan-Caribbean Context (Palgrave 2014). She recently finished two co-edited anthologies: Critical Terms in Caribbean and Latin American Thought (with Ben. Sifuentes Jáuregui and Marisa Belausteguigoitia, Palgrave 2016) and Trans Studies: The Challenge to Hetero/Homo Normativities (with Sarah Tobias, Rutgers University Press, 2016).  

Sarah Muir is Co-Director of the Unpayable Debt working group and Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the City College of New York and at the CUNY Graduate Center . Her research is situated at the intersection of linguistic, political-economic, and historical anthropology and grounded in ethnographic fieldwork and archival research in Argentina. Thematically, her work examines the practical logics of economic investment, ethical evaluation, and political critique, with a particular focus on financial crisis and social class. Her work has appeared in Comparative Studies in Society and HistoryCultural AnthropologyCurrent Anthropology, and ANUAC (Journal of the Italian Society of Cultural Anthropology). Her first book, Routine Crisis: An Ethnography of Disillusion, is forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press.​

Tami Navarro is the Associate Director of the Barnard Center for Research on Women (BCRW) and Executive Editor of the journal Scholar and Feminist OnlineShe holds a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from Duke University, and has held positions at Rutgers University, Columbia University, and Wesleyan University. Her work has been supported by the Mellon Foundation, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the American Anthropological Association, and the Ford Foundation. While at Barnard, Tami has deepened her intellectual engagement with the Global South by founding the literary series Caribbean Feminisms on the Page and co-founding the collective, Critical Caribbean Feminisms (CCF), which seeks to center critical engagements with Caribbean diasporic projects. Tami Navarro’s work has been published in Cultural Anthropology, American Anthropologist, Transforming Anthropology, Small Axe Salon, The Caribbean Writer, and The Global South. She is currently completing a manuscript entitled Virgin Capital: Financial Services as Development in the US Virgin Islands.

Maricela Perryman is a graduate student at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, specializing in Urban and Social Policy.

Katerina Gonzalez Seligmann is assistant professor of Latin American literature at Emerson College. She is currently completing the book manuscript Constructing the Caribbean:How Literary Magazines Incubated a Region. Her work has appeared in South Atlantic Quarterly, C.L.R. James Journal and Inti: revista de literatura hispánica.

Sarabel Santos-Negrón is the website designer of the Caribbean Syllabus, multidisciplinary artist, educator and museum professional. Her work focuses on the experience and memory of the nature and landscape of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean with a special interest in its expansive organic form and structure. She is also director of the Museo de Arte de Bayamón (MAB) in Puerto Rico. Her solo exhibitions or special projects include Entre Reinos (2016), Casa Roig Museum, Humacao, Puerto Rico; Portraits of Nature (2013), Pierced Gallery, New Jersey, United States; and Encuentro (2012), Pontificia Universidad Católica de Ponce, Puerto Rico. Her work had been exhibited at the Gallery at the Center, Columbia University of New York, United States; Espacio Tres50, Chiapas, México; Rigss & Leidy Gallery, Maryland, United States; Saatchi Gallery, London, United Kingdom; Museo Arsenal de la Marina Española, San Juan, Puerto Rico; Walter Otero Contemporary Art, San Juan, Puerto Rico; Área Lugar de Proyectos, Caguas, Puerto Rico; Dr. Pío López Museum, Cayey, Puerto Rico; Museo de Arte Francisco Oller, Bayamón, Puerto Rico, among others.

Jason Thomas Wozniak is a Lecturer in the Humanities Department at San José State University. He founded and co-directs the Latin American Philosophy of Education Society (LAPES). Jason has authored several articles on education debt, and is currently working on completing the book manuscript The Mis-Education of the Indebted Student. He is a co-investigator with Samir Haddad and Ariana González Stokas on a Andrew W. Mellon Critical Theory in the Global South sub-grant: Inventing School/Hacer Escuela. Jason is a collaborative researcher for The Debt Collective, and he serves on the steering committee for the California College For All ballot campaign.