Current postdoctoral researchers at CISRUL

Hanifi Bariş
Leverhulme Fellow

Hanifi Baris has a PhD from the University of Aberdeen. He previously worked as an attorney in Istanbul and as a legislative consultant at the Grand National Assembly of Turkey. His current research focuses on experiments of council democracy launched by Kurdish movements in Turkey and Syria, and two indigenous movements, the Zapatistas and the town of Cheran, in Mexico. His publications include The Kurdish Model of Political Community: A Vision of National Liberation Defiant of the Nation-State (2020, coming soon), “Sovereignty, autonomy and citizenship in the Kurdish model of political community” (2020, coming soon), “The Kurds: ‘A history of deliberate and reactive state-lessness’” (2016) and “Dengbêjs on borderlands: borders and the state as seen through the eyes of Kurdish singer-poets.” (2014).

Denisse Román
Postdoctoral researcher in political and historical anthropology

Her main areas of interest include factionalism, clientilism and caciquismo, state formation, ethnicity, and multicultural politics. Among her publications are her 2014 PhD thesis, El espejismo del orden : Etnografía histórica sobre política local en Cherán, Michoacán (1856-2014) (The mirage of order: A historical ethnography of local politics in Cherán, Michoacán (1856-2014)) at the Colegio de Michoacán, and the article, “’We are indigenous of the Purhépecha people’. Hegemony, multiculturalism and neoliberal state reforms in Mexico” (2019). She took up a Newton International Fellowship at CISRUL in March 2021 for 2 years to work on the project “Gray zones in agribusiness regulation”.


Visiting postdoctoral researchers at CISRUL

Together with Denisse Román, 3 other postdoctoral researchers worked on the 2016-19 ESRC-funded CISRUL project, Activism in Regions of Crime-Related Violence and Institutional Fragility (see our project page for more information).

Irene Álvarez

Irene is interested in the strategies people develop in adverse conditions, with a particular focus on security, social movements, and environmental conflicts. Combining ethnographic methods with social theory, she has analyzed a variety of case studies, such as anti-mining social movements, indigenous movements, and social organizations that claim their rights over territories in dispute. Her publications include “La lucha territorial de los huicholes. Reconocimiento político e integridad cultural en un mismo enunciado” (The territorial struggle of the Huichol people: Political recognition and cultural integrity in one declaration, 2015).

Iran Guerrero

Iran has expertise in the fields of human rights and legal activism. He holds a Law Degree from the Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo and a PhD in Social Sciences from the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales. Alongside the current project, he is also a member of the Collective of Critical Studies of the Law “Emancipaciones,” which provides legal accompaniment to some indigenous communities in Michoacán.

Ariadna Sánchez
Political sociologist

Ariadna studied for her PhD at the Colegio de Mexico, having previously studied at the Universidad Autonoma de Baja California and the Instituto de Investigaciones Dr. Jose Maria Luis Mora. Her principal areas of research are: urban sociality, everyday life, the state, and urban violence. She has been a research assistant at the Colegio de la Frontera Norte and the Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana in Iztapalapa, Mexico City.