On SLSA's latest Working History podcast, "Citizen and Other: Puerto Rican Farmworkers in the United States," Ismael García Colón discusses his book, Colonial Migrants at the Heart of Empire: Puerto Rican Farmers on U.S. Farms (University of California Press), Puerto Rican migrant farmworkers, and their labor and experiences in the post-World War II United States. Listen to Working History on the New Books Network, Spotify, iTunes, and SoundCloud, and subscribe on these platforms to stay up to date on future episodes.
Ismael García Colón is Associate Professor at the City University of New York, College of Staten Island. He is a historical and political anthropologist with focus on the Gramscian concept of hegemony, oral history, immigration and colonial migration, race, citizenship, farm labor, U.S. empire, Puerto Rico, and U.S. ethnic and racial histories. His research experiences include documenting Latinxs in the NYC labor movement, and landless workers, migrant farmworkers, processes of colonial state formation and land distribution programs in Puerto Rico. In addition to Colonial Migrants at the Heart of Empire, García Colón is the author of Land Reform in Puerto Rico: Modernizing the Colonial State, 1941-1969 (University Press of Florida, 2009). His publications have also appeared in Latin American Perspectives, CENTRO Journal, American Ethnologist, and Latino Studies. His current research explores the Puerto Rican experience in U.S. farm labor and its relation to U.S. colonialism and immigration policies, and how government policies formed and transformed modern subjectivities in Puerto Rico.