Sarah Earnshaw is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Berkeley. She is developing her new project, ‘Disaster Temporalities: Race, Resilience, and Return in US Temporary Protection and Caribbean Climate Mobilities’ as a tandem fellow in the History of Forced Migration and Environment across the German Historical Institute and Zolberg Institute. Embracing an environmental humanities perspective alongside her work in political theory and the history of International Relations, her research interests revolve around the entanglements of security and liberty, humanitarianism, and questions of empire in US foreign relations. Her doctoral research, ‘“Freedom Will Be Defended”: The Human Rights Regime of Truth and Standards of Sovereignty in US Security’ won the Bavarian American Academy’s Dissertation Prize 2020.

Keeping Disaster at Bay: Securing the Climate Threat in “America’s Mediterranean”

The contours of what we refer to as the Caribbean have been indelibly shaped by US empire: fault-lines inscribed in the landscape, as in the Panama Canal; in more classically colonial articulations as US commonwealths; a reach extended through bases, bananas and business. Adopting the analytical lens of ‘securityscape’, I… Continue reading