Sarah Molinari

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Extreme Events Research Center

Phone: 305-348-3030


Curriculum Vitae


Sarah Molinari is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Florida International University and holds a PhD in Anthropology from the CUNY Graduate Center. Sarah works at the intersection of ethnography, critical disaster studies, feminist geography, and digital humanities. On the Mellon Foundation “Commons for Justice” project at FIU, Sarah collaborates with interdisciplinary scholars and community partners to examine how resilience is being redefined in Miami from the grassroots through qualitative research and analysis that contribute to neighborhood background reports and community engagement activities.

Sarah’s current book project analyzes the politics and lived experiences of debt and disaster recovery processes in Puerto Rico, specifically how community organizers and debt activists negotiate compound crises through mutual aid, spatial rescue/occupation, legal tactics, and protest. She is the Co-Founder of the Puerto Rico Syllabus, the Co-Editor-in-Chief of a public anthropology project called Home/Field, and a collaborator with the Red Regional de Apoyo Mutuo, a network of grassroots organizations in Puerto Rico. Sarah’s publications appear in both scholarly and popular outlets, including CENTRO Journal, Urban Geography, Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society, Society and Space, Alternautas, Aftershocks of Disaster: Puerto Rico Before and After the Storm, Truthout, and Anthropology News. Previously, Sarah was a Visiting Researcher at the Instituto de Estudios del Caribe at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras (2018-2019) and served on the Executive Boards of the Puerto Rican Studies Association and the Latin American Studies Association-Puerto Rico Section.