Carlos A. Suárez Carrasquillo
Visiting Assistant Professor of Government
Joined Connecticut College: 2012
B.A. Universidad de Puerto Rico-Río Piedras; M.A.,Ph.D., University of Massachusetts-Amherst; Ph.D.
Urban politics in Puerto Rico
Carlos A. Suárez Carrasquillo, visiting assistant professor of government, received his B.A. in Political Science from the Universidad de Puerto Rico-Río Piedras, an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and in 2009 his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst with a Graduate Certificate in Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies.
His primary research and teaching interests are in urban politics, gated communities, city marketing/branding, and urban politics in Puerto Rico. His most recently published paper, Gated communities and city marketing: Recent trends in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, (Cities, 2011) examines how city marketing has been used as a tool by the municipality of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, to attract people who are of a higher socioeconomic class, resulting in an increase in gated communities and a more gentrified Guaynabo.
Dr. Suárez is currently following up this work by: 1) comparing how different Puerto Rican municipalities have utilized city branding campaigns, 2) documenting the political opposition that these campaigns have generated, and 3) examining changes in the communities that have resulted in gentrification as well as other consequences for everyday life and democracy.
In addition, Dr. Suárez has contributed to Puerto Rican publications, including Diálogo and Óptica Gramsciana.