What does “Boricua” mean?

“Boricua” is the indigenous Taíno name for the island commonly known as “Puerto Rico.” Boricua is often used to denote pride in the non-Americanized aspects of the island’s cultures and communities.


Research Topics

Environmental Justice

Boricua has long suffered environmental justices, stemming largely from their coloniality. However following Hurricanes Irma and Maria in September 2017, these issues have become even more intense.

Urban Informality

Existing at the fringe of U.S. sovereignty, Boricua disrupts Global North/South dichotomies. As a result, development practices in Boricua frequently diverge from that of the mainland U.S.

Decolonizing the Island

The island — in a jurisdictionally, culturally, and economically colonial limbo — seeks to define itself more. Through alternative planning practices, Puerto Ricans experiment with alternative modes of governance.



Research Assistants

  • Jesus Banuelos-Rivera (2019-present)

  • Bradleigh Jenkins (2018-present)

  • Rebecca Randolph (2018-present)


  • ACSP Puerto Rican Special Interest Group (PR-SIG) (Led by Dr. Ivis García)

  • Centros de Apoyo Mutuo (CAMs)