Adriana Garriga-Lopez

Chair of the Anthropology and Sociology Department

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Associate Faculty of the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research


Office: Dewing Hall 309-H

Phone: (269) 337 – 7363


Adriana Garriga-Lopez


  • Ph.D. Cultural Anthropology, Columbia University 2010
  • M.Phil. Cultural Anthropology, Columbia University 2006
  • M.A. Cultural Anthropology, with Distinction, Columbia University 2003
  • B.A. with High Honors, Rutgers the State University of New Jersey, 2001

Recent Publications

2018 “A School of Addicts: the Coloniality of Addiction in Puerto Rico,” in Ethnographies of US Empire, an anthology edited by John Collins and Carole Ann McGranahan, Duke University Press.

2018 “Underwater Anthropology” published by Hot Spots – Cultural Anthropology,, September 26.

2018 “The Other Puerto Rico: Extractivism and Resistance after Hurricane Maria” published by Social Text Online: Periscope Dossier on The Extractive Zone, June 7.

2017 “An Ongoing Disaster: Hurricane Maria’s Potential Effects on Public Health” published by Research Counts, a blog of the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado in Boulder, November 28.

2017 “Fatu Kekula,” in Intima: a Journal of Narrative Medicine, Fall 2017. Accessed on November 26, 2017.

2017 “Zika Virus Epidemic in Puerto Rico: Health Justice Too Long Delayed,” International Journal of Infectious Disease, Vol. 65, pages 144-147.

2017 “Bringing Paper Towels to a Flood,” co-authored with Jessica Mulligan, American Anthropological Association Contributor Blog, Huffington Post, October 13.

2017 “Hurricane Maria Exposes Puerto Rico’s Stark Environmental and Health Inequalities,” Items: Insights from the Social Sciences, The Social Science Research Council, October 3.

2017 “Here’s What Needs to Happen for Puerto Rico to Recover After Maria” published by Fortune Magazine, September 25.

2017 “Contested Sovereignties: Puerto Rico and American Samoa,” (co- authored with Fa’anofo Lisaclaire Uperesa.) In Sovereign Acts: Contesting Colonialism across Indigenous Nations and Latinx America, edited by Frances Negrón-Muntaner, 39-81, University of Arizona Press.

Areas of Specialty

Ethnographic Areas

  • Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rican diaspora
  • Caribbean
  • Latin America
  • United States

Research Interests

  • Disaster recovery
  • Hurricanes
  • Water quality
  • Food sovereignty
  • Epidemics
  • Zika
  • Chinkungunya, HIV/AIDS
  • Caribbean social theory
  • decolonization
  • theories of the body
  • feminism & queer theory
  • black and latinx feminism
  • critical race theory, anti-racism, & intersectionality
  • imperialism
  • colonialism
  • post-colonial theory
  • subaltern studies
  • coloniality
  • sovereignty
  • ethnography
  • ‘native’ ethnography
  • medical anthropology
  • discourses of contagion
  • theories of virality
  • critical epidemiology
  • biopolitics
  • sexual violence
  • sex
  • sexualities
  • gender
  • performance
  • political philosophy
  • formations of the state
  • spaces of exclusion, detoxification, and/or rehabilitation
  • death
  • ritual
  • formations of the subject
  • Sigmund Freud
  • feminist psychoanalysis
  • urban & street art
  • visual art
  • poetry
  • dance
  • Afro-Caribbean belief systems
  • epistemology
  • phenomenology
  • critical theory
  • Frankfurt School
  • Marxism


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