Jorell A. Melendez-Badillo

|Assistant Professor
Academic Appointments
  • Assistant Professor of History

  • Mellon Faculty Fellow, Dartmouth College, 2018-20

Jorell A. Meléndez-Badillo 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


  • Ph. D. The University of Connecticut
  • M.A. Inter American University of Puerto Rico
  • B.A. Inter American University of Puerto Rico

Selected Publications

  • Books:

    - The Lettered Barriada: Workers, Archival Power, and the Politics of Knowledge in Puerto Rico (Duke University Press, Nov. 5, 2021). Recipient of Duke University Press Scholars of Color Book Award. 

    Voces libertarias: Orígenes del anarquismo en Puerto Rico. Ediciones CCC: Santurce, 2013; 2nd ed., Madrid: Fundación Anselmo Lorenzo, 2014;  3rd ed., Lajas, P. R.: Editorial Akelarre, 2015. 

    Edited Volumes:

    - Páginas libres: Breve antología del pensamiento anaquista en Puerto Rico, 1900-1919. Mayagüez: Editora Educación Emergente, 2021.

    - Without Borders or Limits: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Anarchist Studies. Co-edited with Nathan J. Jun. Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K.: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013.

    Peer-Reviewed Articles:

    - “A Party of Ex-Convicts: Bolívar Ochart, Incarceration, and the Socialist Party in Puerto Rico, 1917-1928,” Hispanic American Historical Review vol. 101, no. 1 (February 2021): 73-99.

    “Mateo and Juana: Racial Silencing, Epistemic Violence, and Counterarchives in Puerto Rican Labor History,” International Labor and Working-Class History Journal vol. 96 (Fall 2019): 103-121.

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

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

    Book Chapters:

    - “Luisa Capetillo en La Habana: Sus escritos en la prensa anarquista cubana, 1910-1914.” In Amor y anarquía: Los escritos de Luisa Capetillo, edited by Julio Ramos. Mayagüez: Editorial Educación Emergente, Forthcoming, 2021.

    - “Efemeridad, poder y olvido de los (contra)archivos anarquistas en Puerto Rico.” Reflexiones en torno a los archivos en el estudio del anarquismo en América y España.” Edited by Ivanna Margarucci, Martín Albornoz, Eduardo Godoy Sepúlveda, and Juan Cruz López. Santiago de Chile: Editorial Eleuterio, Forthcoming, 2021.

    - “The Anarchist Imaginary: Max Nettlau and Latin America, 1890-1934.” 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, 2019.

    - “The Puerto Rican Experiment: Crisis, Colonialism, and Popular Response.” In The End of the World as We Know It? Crisis, Resistance, and the Age of Austerity, edited by Deric Shannon. Oakland, CA: AK Press, 2014.

    - “Interpreting, Deconstructing, and Deciphering Ideograms of Rebellion: An Approach to the History of Reading in Puerto Rico’s Anarchist Groups at the Beginning of the Twentieth Century.” In Without Borders or Limits: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Anarchist Studies, edited by Meléndez Badillo, Jorell and Nathan Jun, 57-75. Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K.: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013.

    Other Academic Publications:

    - “Camacho-Quinn’s gold medal sparked a debate about Puerto Rican national identity,” The Washington Post’s Made by History, (August 6, 2021):

    - “La Calle Fortaleza in Puerto Rico’s Primavera de Verano,” co-authored with Aurora Santiago Ortiz, in Decolonial Geographies of Puerto Rico’s 2019 Summer Protests, online forum edited by Marisol LeBrón and Joaquín Villanueva, Society and Space Journal (February 25, 2020):

    - “Commemorating May Day in Puerto Rico,” NACLA Report on the Americas vol. 51, no. 3 (September 2019): 301-305.   

    - “Puerto Rico’s Multiple Solidarities: Emergent Landscapes and the Geographies of Protest,” co-authored with Aurora Santiago-Ortiz, The Abusable Past by Radical History Review (July 22, 2019):

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

    - “Voces libertarias: The Economic, Political, and Social Discourse of Puerto Rican Anarchism, 1900-1917.” Theory in Action: The Journal of the Transformative Studies Institute vol. 5, no. 4 (2012): 6-12.

    - “Expresiones anarquistas dentro de la prensa y la cultura proletaria puertorriqueña de principios del siglo XX.” Kálathos: Revista Transdisciplinaria Metro-Inter vol. 6, no. 1, (2012):

    - “El cabildo secular en Puerto Rico: Siglos XVI-XVIII.”Kálathos: Revista Transdisciplinaria Metro-Inter vol. 5 , no. 1 (2011):



Works In Progress

Book Projects: 

Puerto Rico: A National History. Under contract with Princeton University Press. 

- Following the Revolution: Juan Francisco and Blanca Moncaleano's Transnational Militancy, 1910-1916. Conducting initial research for book manuscript.

Publications Under Review:

 - “Anarchism and Its Infrastructures of Resistance in Nineteenth-Century Latin America,” Routledge Companion to Nineteenth-Century Latin America, edited by Agnes Lugo-Ortiz and Graciela Montaldo (under contract with Routledge). Chapter currently under review.

Articles Under Preparation: 

- "Luisa Capetillo and the Caribbean's Counter Republic of Letters." Article in preparation for Small Axe: A Journal of Caribbean Criticism

- “Prelude to Exile: The Impact of Ángel Rama and Marta Traba in Puerto Rico’s Intellectual Communities, 1970-1973.” Currently conducting research.  

- "In Defiance of the Archive of Puertorriqueñidad: The Black Puerto Rican Press in the 1930s.” Currently conducting research.