Investigating Representations of Gender in Mexico City’s Erotic Comics

Greetings from Mexico City! Thanks to the generous support of CLACS, I am spending two and a half weeks in Mexico’s Distrito Federal conducting field research for my master’s thesis. While Mexico City can be grimy, noisy, and humid, there is also a sort of sultry sensuousness to the city’s thrumming pace. Nowhere is this … More Investigating Representations of Gender in Mexico City’s Erotic Comics

Collaborative Governance & Social Policy Implementation in Latin America: A Comparative Analysis of Two Mexican Social Programs

I have spent the last three weeks visiting two Mexican states: Mexico City and Quintana Roo. The goal of this trip was to carry out an exploratory study to determine the feasibility of focusing my dissertation on the implementation and impact of social policy at the subnational level, this in a developing context. To do … More Collaborative Governance & Social Policy Implementation in Latin America: A Comparative Analysis of Two Mexican Social Programs

Inequality, Property Rights, and Access to Justice in the Urban Brazilian Amazon: Understanding the Relationship between Social Actors in Belém

Saudações de Belém do Pará, Northern Brazil! I am currently conducting a seven-weeks feasibility study in Belém, a major and unequal city in the Brazilian Amazon. This is the first fieldwork for my Ph.D. in Sociology at Indiana University-Bloomington. I am analyzing how impoverished individuals seek legal representation and navigate the legal system in Brazil. … More Inequality, Property Rights, and Access to Justice in the Urban Brazilian Amazon: Understanding the Relationship between Social Actors in Belém

El Salvador: Post-political Violence, the Rise of Neoliberalism and the Work of Horacio Castellanos Moya

This year El Salvador celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Chapultepec Accords, which marked the end of a 12-year-old Civil War between left-wing guerrillas and the U.S. backed Salvadorian army. The Peace Accords were highly touted, by organisms such as the U.N., because it allowed former combatants to compete in democratic elections just months after … More El Salvador: Post-political Violence, the Rise of Neoliberalism and the Work of Horacio Castellanos Moya

A seventeenth-century nun’s visual poetics in Lima, Peru

In the early twentieth century, a Spanish friar and historian, Luis G. Alonso Getino, discovered two collages in the room where Santa Rosa of Lima (1586-1617) had died approximately three centuries before. The striking, unsigned works contained a letter to a confessor and a description, in the form of mystic poetry wrapped around impaled hearts, … More A seventeenth-century nun’s visual poetics in Lima, Peru

Agency through Technology: Women’s Empowerment & ICT’s in Alta Verapaz, Guatemala

Update from the field: Alta Verapaz, Guatemala   It is 6:30 in the morning. A rooster’s crow echoes throughout the street. For the citizens of Coban this signifies the beginning of the workday. It is mine too. Quickly, I gather my bookbag and decide on a walking route towards Transportes Monja Blanca, a local bus … More Agency through Technology: Women’s Empowerment & ICT’s in Alta Verapaz, Guatemala