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Hannah Rachel Cole

Hannah Rachel Cole

Hannah Rachel Cole is a postdoctoral associate at Yale Environmental Humanities and the Yale Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration. Her research examines literary representations of plant life in the Hispanophone, Anglophone, and Francophone Caribbean. She is currently at work on a book project entitled A Thorny Way of Thinking: Botanical Afterlives of Caribbean Plantation Slavery. She is also developing a digital mapping project, accessible at

Panicum maximum, Guinea Grass

Plant of the Month: Guinea Grass

The West African grass was imported to sustain Caribbean sugar plantations, but it has turned against them, becoming a symbol of resilience and independence.