Carlos Figueroa

Carlos Figueroa has a dual Ph.D. in Political Science and Historical Studies from the Graduate Faculty of The New School for Social Research and currently teaches in the Politics Department at Ithaca College (USA). He writes critical commentaries on US Presidential politics, U.S. Puerto Rico affairs, racial and class politics, and the politics of U.S. citizenship. Please find more here: https://faculty.ithaca.edu/cfigueroa/

Working-Class America Needs Real Change, Not Slogans

October 29, 2020

In August, Joe Biden addressed the Democratic National Convention as he accepted his party’s nomination to run for president. During his speech, Biden framed the election on November 3 as a battle for the “soul of America.” The former vice president depicted the urgency of the moment as he saw it:...

The Puerto Rico Crisis: A Reflection of a Flawed US Democracy

August 27, 2019

On August 2, Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló of the New Progressive Party (NPP) — nominally affiliated with the Democrats, although once linked to the Republicans under Governor Luis Ferré Aguayo — finally resigned. The decision came after weeks of mass protests over the island’s fiscal instability, alleged political corruption...

Trump's Wrongheaded Choices on Puerto Rico's Humanitarian Crisis

October 01, 2017

Americans need real presidential leadership because it is sometimes a matter of life and death, and not about ratings, popularity or reality TV. By September 20, weather experts were already forecasting that Hurricane Maria, characterized as a category 4 storm, had potential to cause major catastrophic damage in Puerto Rico,...

Donald Trump's Rebranding of US Politics Matters

October 28, 2016

Donald Trump has forced the Republican Party to reconsider its core values and principles and what it will stand for moving forward, whether he wins or not. Why does Donald Trump matter? What factors seem to explain the flourishing of a Trump political brand? There are several possible factors that show the...