Juan A. Giusti-Cordero is Professor of History at the University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras. He holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from SUNY-Binghamton and a law degree from the University of Puerto Rico. Giusti-Cordero has written on Puerto Rican and Caribbean social, legal, and environmental history. He is coeditor of Sugarlandia Revisited: Sugar and Colonialism in Asia and the Americas, 1800-1940 (Berghahn Books, 2007) and Race and Rurality in the Global Economy (SUNY Press, 2018). He participated in the civilian-led mobilizations to remove the U.S. Navy from the island municipality of Vieques, Puerto Rico, in the early 2000s and has been involved in debates about the austerity measures imposed on Puerto Rico's public university
system. These events are part of a UC Davis Humanities Institute and Global Affairs-funded initiative led by Javier Arbona, Lisa Materson, José Juan Pérez Meléndez, and Julie Sze to develop UC Davis ties with academic units in Puerto Rico.