As Puerto Rico faces hurricane-induced devastation, the “Just Environments” series publishes an essay by Alexa Dietrich, Adriana María Garriga-López, and Claudia Sofía Garriga-López situating the current catastrophe within a broader historical context. Viewing it as an unnatural disaster, the authors point to a confluence of postcolonial industrialization, lax environmental regulation, and the privatization of utilities, which have all contributed to the island’s deteriorating infrastructure. Moving forward, they advocate for sustainable economic development and reliable public services as means of strengthening already-existing resilient and adaptive capacities.
Claudia Sofía Garriga-López
Claudia Sofía Garriga-López is a PhD candidate in American studies in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis of New York University. Her doctoral dissertation “Gender for All: The Political Economy of Transfeminismo” is a historiography of transgender and feminist activism in Ecuador. She is the author of “Transfeminist Crossroads Reimagining the Ecuadorian State” published in Transgender Studies Quarterly (2016) and is a coeditor of “Trans Studies en las Américas,” a special issue of the Transgender Studies Quarterly, due out in the Spring of 2019, which focuses on Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx trans studies.