Hurricane Maria: Injustices of a “Natural Disaster” in Puerto Rico

John Wesley Crespo

My research is focused on two locations: the capital city of San Juan as well as the southern city of Ponce in Puerto Rico. Specifically, I am examining the various injustices that the people of San Juan and Ponce have been dealing with. The time period of my study is from pre-Maria (2010-2016) to post-Maria (October 32017-present). The historical actors involved in this examination will include government officials in Puerto Rico as well as those in the mainland United States to finally the people living in these communities. Similarly, the commonwealth’s origins in regards to United States and Puerto Rican relations will be examined in providing of historical context for the environmental injustices that are evaluated.