There are several postdoctoral researchers working on the current ESRC-funded CISRUL project, Activism in Regions of Crime-Related Violence and Institutional Fragility (see our project page for more information):


Current postdoctoral researchers at CISRUL

me linkedin (2)Catherine Whittaker (research fellow) is an anthropologist with a particular interest in violence, gender, social movements, religion, and Indigeneity. She completed her PhD thesis, Warrior Women: Contested Understandings of Violence and Gender in Highland Mexico, at the University of Edinburgh in 2018. Her articles include, “Sahagún reloaded? The priest, his pyramid, and deliberate syncretism in Milpa Alta” (2016) and the forthcoming “Anthropology and the politics of Indigeneity.”


Visiting postdoctoral researchers at CISRUL

Irene (2)Irene Álvarez (Colegio de Michoacan) has a PhD in Sociology from the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Cuajimalpa, Mexico City. She 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 informeIran Guerrero (Centro de Investigaciones y Docencias Economicas) is a postdoctoral researcher with 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.

Denisse (2)Denisse Román (Colegio de Michoacán) is a 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).

ariadna (2)Ariadna Sánchez is a political sociologist who has 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.