Carlos Figueroa

Carlos Figueroa has a dual Ph.D. in Political Science and Historical Studies from The New School for Social Research and currently teaches in the Politics Department at Ithaca College. He writes critical commentaries on U.S. Puerto Rico affairs, racial and class politics, and immigration/migration issues and the politics of U.S. citizenship. He is currently finishing a book on Quakers, race and U.S. Empire.

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

Aug 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

Oct 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

Oct 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...