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Benjamin Bean


  • B.A. Letters, Arts, & Sciences, The Pennsylvania State University, 2011
  • M.A. Cultural Sustainability, Goucher College, 2015


Research interests: Music and sound, especially reggae and bomba; Puerto Rico; religion, cosmology, spirituality, and secularism; the Rastafari movement in diaspora; conceptualizations of nature, the environment, and (neo)colonialism in the Caribbean.


Research Focus

I am currently looking at how Puerto Ricans are responding creatively to crises of debt, unemployment, and mass migration to the mainland U.S. In particular, I am investigating entrepreneurial endeavors such as farming cooperatives and the craft beer scene, as well as political and (anti-)religious content in Puerto Rico's reggae and bomba scenes.