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Enrique Rivera



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Enrique Salvador Rivera is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History at UCLA. His research focuses on the intertwined histories of racial formation and capital accumulation in the Caribbean, Central America, and the Atlantic world. Rivera's dissertation, "The Political Economy of Resistance in the Greater Caribbean: An Atlantic History of the 1795 Insurrection at Coro, Venezuela," is a macrohistory of the 1795 anti-slavery and anti-tax rebellion, which uses the insurgency and its aftermath to uncover the transatlantic organization of production, which shaped culture and consciousness in Coro, as well as to excavate the African ideologies and social systems that served as a counterpoint to the Atlantic's hegemonic order. The first full-length study of the Coro rebellion in any language, "The Political Economy of Resistance" is based on years of archival research in Venezuela, Curaçao, England, The Netherlands, and Spain. Rivera has published academic essays on topics that span the early modern to the neoliberal periods, including  "Whitewashing the Dutch Atlantic" in Social & Economic Studies, and "La revolución legal: alterando el neoliberalismo en El Salvador, 2009-2007" in La Universidad. As a journalist, Rivera has produced radio and written pieces on contemporary issues, such as racism, U.S. imperialism, and uneven development, for media outlets including NPR, PRI, Pacifica, Diario Colatino, NACLA, and Rebelión. 

Fields of Study

Latin America - Black Atlantic, Hist of Capitalism