Tech in the News: Disaster Relief and Colonial Politics through the Eyes of Puerto Rican-Georgians

Juan Carlos Rodriguez

Posted October 3, 2017

External Article: GPB News

Juan Carlos Rodriguez, associate professor in the School of Modern Languages at Georgia Institute of Technology, was interviewed in the GPB NEWS, October 3, article and radio segment, “Disaster Relief and Colonial Politics through the Eyes of Puerto Rican-Georgians.” The School of Modern Languages is a unit in the Georgia Tech Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts.


Hurricane Maria slammed the entire U.S. territory of Puerto Rico two weeks ago. Maria came hard on the havoc of other recent storms, leaving the entire island damaged, flooded, without basic necessities, with disrupted supply lines and no electricity.  Nearly 90,000 Puerto Ricans live in Georgia, about a fourth of them in Cobb and Gwinnett Counties. We talked with one Atlanta family originally from Puerto Rico, about the relief effort back home, and the politics beneath the crisis. Cynthia Román-Hernández is a Managing Director of Atlanta’s Latin American Association. Juan Carlos Rodriguez is her husband, and a professor at Georgia Tech, and he also joins the discussion.  

To listen to the full interview, visit the GPB News website.