Jorell Meléndez-Badillo

Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor of History

Jorell A. Meléndez-Badillo is a Mellon Faculty Fellow and will transition to Assistant Professor of History on July 1st, 2020. He is a historian of Latin America and the Caribbean with a particular focus on the global circulation of radical ideas from the standpoint of working-class intellectual communities.

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201 Carson Hall
HB 6107


  • B.A., Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico
  • M.A., Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico
  • Ph.D., The University of Connecticut

Selected Publications

  • "Max Nettlau and the Latin American Anarchist Imaginary." In Writing Revolution: Hispanic Anarchist Print Culture and the United States. Edited by Montse Feu-López and Chris J Castañeda. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, Forthcoming, 2019.

    "Los ecos del silencio: Dimensiones locales y aspiraciones globales del periódico Voz humana." Revista La Brecha 2, no. 3 (Fall 2016): 23-27.

    "Imagining Resistance: Organizing the Puerto Rican Southern Agricultural Strike of 1905." Caribbean Studies Journal 43,no. 2 (July-December 2015): 33-82.

    "Labor History's Transnational Turn: Rethinking Latin American and Caribbean Migrant Workers." Latin American Perspectives 42, no. 4 (July 2015): 117-122.

Works In Progress

The Lettered Barriada: Workers and the Politics of Knowledge in Early Twentieth-Century Puerto Rico (book manuscript under preparation).

"Unapologetically Black: Racial Silencing and the Puerto Rican Labor Movement" (article manuscript under review).

"Strike Against Labor: The 1933 Student Strike at the University of Puerto Rico" (article manuscript uder review).