George Ygarza

Graduate Student
PhD Cohort 2016


Social Movements, Decoloniality, Alter-Politics, Postcolonialism, Indigeneity, Southern Epsitemologies, Black Radicl Tradition


B.A. in Political Science - Rutgers University (2007 - 2012)

M.A. in International Affairs - City University of New York - Brooklyn College (2014 - 2016)


Being a multi-ethnic, first-gen, son of Latinx immigrants, George has embodied the global in many ways. Throughout his life, George has traversed several scales of politics in his work as an activist and growing scholar. Regionally in the east coast, George has taken part in or organized with several social movements since high school, connecting with scholars and activists across the globe. From OCCUPY to #BlackLivesMatter and immigrant rights, his work on the ground has influenced his global perspective and vice versa. The solidarity networks George has built over the years has taken him abroad to participate at international gatherings and take part in social movement delegations. Most recently George took part in the World Social Forum in Montreal and was part of the Alliance for Global Justice delegation with Dr. Jill Stein at the People’s Climate summit in Lima, Peru, where he conducted “undisciplined” research on extractivist mining in the highlands.


Currently, George’s research interests include exploring the construction of alter and post-state politics in subalternized spaces particularly in Latin America.  To do this, George hopes to bring forth epistemologies and politics from below to not only serve as counterdiscourse within the institution but illumine the more equitable worlds that already exist. Through this work George looks to continue growing as an activist-scholar as he takes on participatory action research collaborating with grassroots movements for transformative change.


Selected Presentations:

  • Global Studies Association North America 2017 Conference: UC Berkeley, June 14th - 17th 2017, presented working paper.
  • Global Crises and Global Change: Westminster College, March 30th - April 1st 2017, invited to give keynote.
  • World Social Forum: Montreal, August 9th - 14th 2016, presented.
  • Latin American Studies Association: New York City, May 27th - 30th 2016, attended
  • Left Forum 2016: John Jay College New York, May 20th - 22nd, presented.


Teaching Assistant (F'17): GLOBL 130 - Global Economy and Development