Bio

DPHIL IN SOCIOLOGY, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD


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I am a political sociologist whose work focuses on women’s mobilisation in high risk contexts, mainly in Latin America. My approach to research is interdisciplinary, drawing on sociology, transitional justice, social movements studies, and gender studies.

My doctoral thesis (Department of Sociology, University of Oxford) —“High Risk Feminism in Colombia: Women’s Mobilisation in High Risk Contexts” — argues: in contexts of high violence, we might expect women, often portrayed as weaker or more vulnerable members of society, to shy away from activities that escalate their exposure to risk. Against all odds, in uncertain and violent times, however, certain Colombian women are making their claims increasingly public. This project was an advancement of my MPhil project (Latin American Centre, University of Oxford), which asked similar questions about women’s mobilisation in gang-controlled zones in El Salvador. These women transgress traditional gender barriers and thus expose themselves to the additional risks of high violence, including targeting by actors for sexualised and violent forms of punishment.

Despite a well-established tradition of studying women’s social movements in times of conflict, and of high risk collective action more generally, there is a lacuna when it comes to analysing resistant feminism as a mobilisation strategy.  In my theses, I developed a framework – High Risk Feminism (HRF) – that provides a unique lens through which to study women’s mobilisation, resilience, and agency; this framework allows for a nuanced reading of women as survivors, activists, and luchadoras (fighters) in contexts of high risk.

As part of my career, I have also investigated issues of intersectionality and gender in conflict settings. I has experiences working as a legal intern at the Centre for Reproductive Rights, as an outreach assistant for the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), and as a researcher for the Overseas Development Institute. These experiences advanced my field of knowledge, technical skills, project delivery experience, and critical analysis.

I have published in journals including Latin American Perspectives, Gender, Place, and Culture, and Gender and Development. I have further publications in Monkey Cage (The Washington Post), LASA Forum, NACLA Report on the Americas, and justiceinfo.net (Oxford Transitional Justice Research).

Currently, I am working as the Gender Research Officer for Oxford’s CONPEACE Programme. I am undertaking fieldwork at the Colombian-Venezuelan border to investigate the gendered impacts of the reconfiguration of armed conflict and Venezuelan migration on women living the borderlands.

As of January 2020 I will begin a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellowship at the UNAM in Mexico City and the University of Oxford.



Education

DPhil in

Sociology

University of Oxford, 2015-2018

Thesis: High Risk Feminism in Colombia: Women's Mobilisation in Violent Contexts

Commonwealth Scholar

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellow

University of Oxford, 2012-2014

Thesis: High Risk Feminism in El Salvador: Women's Mobilisation in Violent Times

BAH in Politics and Development Studies

Queen's University, Canada, 2008-2012

Academic Exchange: Tecnológico de Monterrey, Cuernavaca, Mexico


Volunteer Projects

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Cartagena, Colombia, Oct 2016

International Election Observer

Objectively monitored and reported on the 2 October 2016 Colombian Peace Plebiscite between the government and the FARC-EP

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Maharashtra, India, Nov 2015

Journalist, Press Team

Conducted interviews with social activists, the heads of NGOs, lawyers, police chiefs, and Snehalaya India programme beneficiaries to cover the #HerVoice campaign against sexual violence targeting women and girls in India

Research published in Times of India, The Independent, the Times Education Supplement, The Telegraph

El Salvador, Summer 2013

Researcher

Researched key political information for the 2014 Salvadoran presidential elections

Produced a detailed summary in the ‘Delegate's Package’ for Intl. Elections Observers

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Queen's University, 2009-2012

Peer Educator

Directed $120,000 budget (achieved full funding for projects in Guyana, Canada, Kenya, Belize)

Designed and coordinated health education programs with the Guyanese Red Cross

Taught classes in Georgetown, Guyana, providing health education (e.g. sexual and reproductive health, hygiene, nutrition, and communication) in urban communities