PhD in Sociology, Goldsmiths College, University of London. (2000-2006)
MA in Gender, Culture and Modernity, Goldsmiths College, University of London. (1999-2000)
MA studies in Sociology, Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City. (1996-1998)
BA in Media and Communications, Universidad Iberoamericana, Leon, Gto., Mexico. (1991-1995)
I came to Newcastle University with a tenured permanent post in January 2008 after lecturing at the University of Nottingham (2006-2007) and teaching undergraduate and postgraduate courses at Goldsmiths and Birkbeck College, University of London (2004-6). Previously in Mexico, I was Head of the National Gender Programme in the Instituto Mexicano de la Juventud (Mexican Institue of Youth), Ministry of Public Education (1997-1999).
Sociology MA Degree Programme Director (2012 - )
Sociology Staff-Student Committee Liason (2011)
Degree Programme Director of the BA (Hons) Politics and Sociology (2009-2011)
I convened the Sociology Seminar Series for 3 academic years from 2008 until 2011.
Alongside the series, I put together the Sociology Seminar Series Online from 2009-2011 which include some of the seminars above.
Latin American Studies Association, member since 2006
Feminist and Women's Studies Association, member since 2005
British Sociological Association, member since 2004
Society for Latin American Studies, member since 2004
2011, Faculty Research Fund, for research project co-developed with Cathrine Degnen, “Reflecting Beauty:
Transnational Understandings of Ageing Bodies, Beauty and Emotions”. (£3,815.98).
2011, Santander Exchange Bursaries Scheme (£1000).
2011, Secured a Newcastle University Visiting Fellowship for Professor Alicia Guerrero Castellanos, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana -Iztapalapa, Mexico (£3,662).
2010, Faculty REF Fund, HaSS, Newcastle University , “The Lived Experience of Class, Racism and Nationalism in Mexico” (£4,920)
2010, Secured a Santander Visiting Fellowship for Dr. Juan Carlos Martínez, CIESAS, Oaxaca, Mexico. (£3,847).
2010, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Engagement Office, Newcastle University, Interventions Project (£3,115).
2010, secured a RUC Visiting Fellowship for designer Joe Malia to develop the 'Designing for Public Engagement' programme and specifically the 'Interventions Project' (£4,000).
2010, Small Bids Fund, School of Geography, Politics and Sociology, Interventions Project (£1,000).
2010, Santander International Exchange Bursary (£850).
2010, British Academy Overseas Conference Award (£500).
2009, Small Bids Fund, School of Geography, Politics and Sociology (£500).
2005, ESRC Training Development Award Fund for Symposium ‘(Re) Creating: Methodologies, Practices, Concepts’, 1-3 Sept 2005
2002, Central Research Fund, University of London (£1,500 fieldwork grant)
2001-2004, Overseas Research Students Awards Scheme, UK (ORSAS)
1999-2005, National Council for Science and Technology (CONACyT), Ministry of Public Education, Mexico. Full Scholarship for MA in Gender Culture and Modernity and for MPhil/PhD in Sociology at Goldsmiths College, University of London
English, Spanish (native speaker)
In October 2009 I organised a sponsored walk to support the construction of a Communal House for a women’s cooperative in Teyahuala, Mexico (an indigenous ‘nahua’ village in the highlands of the state of Hidalgo, Mexico). We raised £1,707. More info about Teyahuala and the walk here: teyahuala.blogspot.com/
I am a sociologist working on issues of 'race', racism, emotions, body and beauty, drawing from feminist theory, visual methodologies and cultural studies perspectives, with a focus on Mexico and Latin America more broadly. I have been interested for the past few years in researching the 'qualities' of the lived experience of racism. This has taken me to the study of the everyday, the relevance of emotions and affect, as well as issues around visibility and embodiment, for example, on the one hand, concerns with beauty, body and appearance, and on the other, the significance of the visible and the social uses of photography, particularly family albums. My research interests fall broadly under these wide themes:
Currently I am developing various strands: a project on ageing and beauty in Mexico and the UK using innovative visual methodologies that include object design, photography and film in collaboration with Dr Cathrine Degnen, entitled “Regarding Beauty: Transnational Understandings of Ageing Bodies, Beauty and Emotions”; a project on the revitalisation of the politics of anger, particularly as a key emotion to be mobilised within anti-racist strategies in Latin America (and beyond); and some publication projects which include the book, Racist Moments: Mestizaje and the Everyday Life of Racism in Mexico, for Duke University Press; editing a special issue on beauty and race in Latin America for Feminist Theory; and editing another special issue on anti-racist movements and strategies in Latin America.
Since the summer of 2011, I co-founded the NGO COPERA (Colectivo contra la Eliminacion del Racismo en Mexico) alongside Dr Emiko Saldivar (University of California-SB), Dr Alicia Castellanos (UAM-Iztapalapa) and Rocio Culebro (IMDHD). The Collective aims to develop a series of initiatives to make racism public in Mexico, visibilise racism in its multiple forms in the country and incorporate a 'race' perspective in public policy and human rights activism. We offered a first workshop in September 2011 entitled: ‘Metodologías para identificar y generar herramientas para combatir el racismo en México: experiencias y retos’ (Methodologies to identify and generate tools to combat racism in Mexico: experiences and challenges) in Mexico City. One exciting development from this has been the public campaign against racism developed by a group of young women that attend the workshop, leaded by Fabiola Fernández Guerra, of the advertising agency 11.11 Cambio Social. In collaboration with the National Council to Prevent Discrimination (CONAPRED) they launched the campaign in December 2011 entitled “Por una sociedad libre de racismo” (For a society free of racism), which includes billboards, tv and radio spots. Here is one very interesting short film spot called Racismo en Mexico which reproduces the lighter/darker doll experiment with young children that has been recently been redone by young filmmaker Kiri Davis in 'A girl like me' following the original Kenneth y Mammie Clark's experiment in the 1930's in the USA.
During Spring 2010 I developed an interdisciplinary collaboration with designer Joe Malia, the Interventions Project, with support of the HASS Faculty Futures Programme, the Pro-VC for Engagement Office, and Malia's RUC University Fellowship Award. In collaboration with Dr Cathrine Degnen and four other participants of the Interventions Project we are co-writing an article reflecting on the collaborative experience.
Since 2005 Joe Malia and I started developing the educational and communication tool, Colour Beads or 'Cuentas de Colores, that aims to encourage dialogue around experiences of racism locally in Mexico with the intention of stimulating a wider public discourse on the subject. More information here: www.cuentasdecolores.net/. I started using the tool with the students of my module 'Race', Racism and Society as a seminar activity to stimulate conversations and interventions around racism and explore with them its contemporary forms in the UK.
For the Winter/Spring term 2012 I was affiliated to the Program in Latin American Studies (PLAS) at Princeton University as Visiting Associate Research Scholar and Visiting Lecturer. With my students we produced a blog with the final projects on the course I taught entitles 'Body, Beauty and Race in Latin America'.
Since 2008 I collaborate annually with the Summer Course of the Women Studies Interdisciplinary Programme (PIEM) of El Colegio de Mexico.
Selection of conference and seminar papers presented:
(2012) ‘Beauty, Race and Feminist Theory: perspectives from Latin America and the Caribbean’, XXX International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association (Panel co-organiser and Discussant). San Francisco, California, 23-26 May, 2012.
(2012) ‘We are not racists, we are Mexicans': Nationalism, Mestizaje and Race in contemporary Mexico’, XXX International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association (co-present with Emiko Saldivar), San Francisco, California, 23-26 May, 2012.
(2012) ‘Displaced Looks: on being beautiful, ordinary, ugly or insignificant: The lived experience of beauty and racism in Mexico’ Program in Latin American Studies Seminar Series. Princeton University. 28 March 2012.
(2011) “Eliminating Racism in Latin America and the Caribbean: Challenges and Successes”, Second Conference on Ethnicity, Race, and Indigenous Peoples in Latin America and the Caribbean, University of California – San Diego (panel co-organiser).
(2011) ‘COPERA: Anti-racist work in Mexico’, Second Conference on Ethnicity, Race, and Indigenous Peoples in Latin America and the Caribbean, University of California – San Diego.
2011 'Recognising Racism and Mestizaje in Mexico' Seminar Series 'Race, Ethnicity and Nation in the Hispanic World', School of Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Leeds.
2011 'Naming ourselves: Recognising Racism and Mestizaje in Mexico'. Research Colloquium Series. Contemporary Racisms in the Americas. Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, New York University.
2010, 'Past and Future Perfect? Beauty, Affect and Hope’, Affecting Feminism: Feminist Theory and the Question of Feeling, Newcastle University, UK, 10-12th December 2010. (Forthcoming, Co-presenting with Rebecca Coleman)
2010, ‘In Between Recognition and Belonging: Racism and Mestizaje in Mexico’, XXIX International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association, Toronto, Canada, 6-9th October. (Presenter and Panel Organiser)
2010, ‘The Dilemmas of Racial Recognition: Racism, Mestizaje and Embodied Privilege in Mexico’, ISA World Congress, Gothenburg, Sweden, 11-17th July.
2010, ‘The Dilemmas of Racial Recognition and Citizenship: Racism, Mestizaje and Embodied Privilege in Mexico’, Beyond Citizenship: Feminism and the transformation of Belonging, Birkbeck College, London, 30th June-2nd July.
2009, ‘Looking Emotionally: Racism, Photography, and Intimacies in Research’, 1st International Visual Methods Conference, University of Leeds, UK. 15-17th September.
2009, ‘Mestizaje, Cotidianeidad y la Experiencia del Racismo en México’ (Mestizaje, everyday life and the experience of racism in Mexico), seminar presented at the Colegio de Postgraduados de la Universidad Autónoma de Chapingo, Mexico, 31st August.
2009, ‘Entendiendo el Racismo en la Vida Cotidiana’ (Understanding everyday racism), 20 hr. workshop, Colegio Centro Universitario Vasco De Quiroga (CUVAQH) Huejutla, Hidalgo, Mexico.
2009, ‘”I’ve Never Had the Need to Name Myself” Recognising Racism and Mestizaje in Mexico’, AND “Mestizaje, Whiteness and Racism in Mexico”. 53rd International Congress of Americanists, Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City, Mexico, 19th-24th July 2009.
2009, ‘La experiencia del racismo en México: la discriminación que todas y todos reproducimos’ (The experience of racism in Mexico: discrimination we all reproduce), seminar paper presented at the Institute of Women of Mexico City (Inmujeres-DF). 17th of July.
2009, ‘Mestizaje as Fragmented Whiteness: The Logics of Mexican Racism’. White Spaces? Racialising White Femininities and Masculinities Conference. University of Leeds, UK. 8-9th July.
2009, ''Linda Morenita': Beauty, Skin Colour, and Racism in Mexico', Cosmetic Cultures: Beauty, globalisation, politics, practices Conference, University of Leeds, UK. 24-26th June.
2009, 'Looking Emotionally: Racism, Photography and Intimacy in Research' presented at the Postcolonial Ethnicity, Visuality and Cultural Politics Conference, Cardiff University, 27th February.
2009, 'Linda Morenita': Skin Colour, Beauty and the Politics of Mestizaje in Mexico', presented at the Sociology Seminar Series, Newcastle University. 11th February.
2008, ‘Mestizaje, Cotidianeidad y las Prácticas Contemporáneas del Racismo en México’ (‘Mestizaje, Everyday Life and Contemporary Practices of Racism in Mexico’), International Congress Diaspora, Nation and Difference: Populations of African Origin in Mexico and Central America) Port of Veracruz, Mexico. 10-13 June.
2008 “The Politics of Mestizaje and the Contemporary Practices of Racism in Mexico” First Conference on Ethnicity, Race, and Indigenous Peoples in Latin America and the Caribbean, University of California, San Diego, USA. 22-24 May.
2007, 'In Mexico, we don’t talk about racism in Mexico: Mestizaje Logics and Contemporary Practices of Racism', Gender, Culture and Society Seminar Series, Programa Interdisciplinario de Estudios de la Mujer, El Colegio de Mexico. Mexico City, 18 December.
SOC3069 'Race', Racism and Society
SOC2073 The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Emotions in the Social World
SOC1028 Social Justice and Citizenship (2009-2011)
SOC8101 The Shaping of Latin America I: Social and Political Themes
LAS8103 The Shaping of Latin America II: Cultural and Historical Themes
SOC8102 Latin American Country Case Study: Interdisciplinary Approaches
At Princeton University - Spring 2012
University of Nottingham, UK (2006-07)
School of Sociology and Social Policy (Undergraduate)
- L32627 Researching Culture (2nd Year core qualitative research methods module) – Module Leader.
- L32622 Critical Analysis in Social and Cultural Studies (2nd Year seminar based-module) – Module Leader.
- L31603 Introduction to Social and Cultural Studies (1st Year seminar-based module) – Module Leader.
- L31612 Culture in Contemporary Society (1st Year core module) – Co-taught.
Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK (2004-06)
Department of Media and Communications (Undergraduate)
- MC53037A - Methods II: Research Methods (3rd Year core qualitative research methods module).
Professional and Community Education (Undergraduate)
- Research Methods (Youth and Community Work).
- Race and Representation in Popular Culture – Level 3.
Birkbeck College, University of London, UK (2005)
Development Studies, Faculty of Continuing Education
Certificate and Diploma in Development Studies
- FFDV015U / ACB – Introduction to Non-Governmental Organisations.