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Erika Herrera Rosales

Teaching Fellow

Office: E0.10



I am a Teaching Fellow in Sociology, having completed my PhD at Warwick in 2022. Before starting my doctoral studies, I earned an MA (Distinction) in Social and Political Thought (University of Sussex) and a BA in Sociology (UNAM).

For the last few years, I have been teaching several modules across the undergraduate programme engaging with gender, race, and social justice. Previously I have also held teaching appointments at higher education institutions in Mexico (ITESM and UNAM) and taught social methods and introduction to Sociology/Social Sciences.


In my teaching, I draw from my own research experience in a number of projects around topics of femicides, prisons, hybrid confinements, grassroots organisations, and social development in the Global South. Most recently, I have been an Associate Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies. My research interests lie in questions around global migration, bordering practices, and post/decolonial perspectives. I have also gained insight into critical methodologies that provide tools for navigating highly contentions settings whilst conducting fieldwork.

I have mentored and supervised undergraduate students, across different fields in Social Sciences and Humanities, to complete their research project within a Widening Participation Programme.

For 2023/24, I will be teaching the following modules:

Sociology of Gender (module convenor)

Race, Resistance and Modernity (module convenor)

Gender and Violence (guest lecturer)

International Perspectives on Gender (co-convening)

Gender Analysis and Development Practice (co-convening)


Previous teaching at the department:

Gender and Violence

International Perspectives on Gender

Sociology of Race

Sociology of Gender

Criminologies: theories and concepts

Race and the Making of the Modern World


Selected Publications

Forthcoming: “Ambivalent Humanitarianism: Colonial legacies, migration control and the experiences of migrants in Mexico”, London: Routledge.

(2023) “The Implications of Migration Governance and Colonial Structures in Humanitarian Organisations in Mexico”. International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy.

(2021) “Book Review: Threshold: Emergency Responders on the US-Mexico”, Border Criminologies website, Faculty of Law, University of Oxford.

(2018) “El espacio, el tiempo y el racismo en las perspectivas decoloniales: apuntes para descolonizar los estudios sobre migración internacional”. Interdisciplina – UNAM.

(2018) “Book review: Society of the Query Reader Reflection on Web Search”, in Studies in Social and Political Thought Journal, United Kingdom.

Most recent conferences and presentations

(2023) “Governing immigration through local organisations”, Latin America Research Day Away, LAWN, University of Warwick.

(2023) “Intersecting gender and immigration status within academia”, Challenges of under-representation, Women in Academia: Breaking Barriers Creating Opportunities, University of Warwick.

(2023) “Social inequalities and house workers”, Movie screening Roma, Latin American Centre, University of Oxford.

(2022) (Organiser and chair) “Doing fieldwork in the South: a view on transnational migration, global borders and critical methodologies” International seminar, IAS, University of Warwick.

(2022) “Governance and bordering practices of humanitarian organisations in Mexico”, IRiS 10th Anniversary International Conference, University of Birmingham, UK.

(2022) “Witnessing and gatekeeping a border of time ”. 19th IMISCOE Annual conference, Migration and Time: Temporalities of Mobility, Governance, and Resistance, Oslo (Zoom).

(2021) “Migration control within humanitarian organisations”. PhD Conference of the Criminal Justice Centre, University of Warwick, (MS teams).

(2020) “The waiting rooms of migration”. Organised by the Latin American Studies Association (LASA), United States of America, (zoom).

(2020) “Voicing violence in migration: Experiences and testimonies from NGOs and Central American migrants”. Warwick Oral History Network, University of Warwick.

(2019) “International migration and humanitarian organisations from decolonial and postcolonial theoretical perspectives”. XVI ISA International Laboratory for PhD Students Mobilities and Social Inequalities in a Globalized World, Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

(2019) “Social conditions at the US-Mexico Border”. Organised by All-Party Parliamentary Group on Mexico, Palace of Westminster, London.

Awards, scholarships and grants

Early Career Fellowship, The Institute of Advanced Studies

Chancellor’s International Scholarship, The University of Warwick

PG travel grant, The Society for Latin American Studies (SLAS)

Full bursary for junior sociologist, XVI International Sociological Association

Scholarship for participation, Linnaeus University

Chancellor’s International Scholarship, Sussex

Formula Santander Scholarship

Gabino Barreda medal for best sociology undergraduate student, UNAM

Research interests

Migration, borders and criminalisation of migrants
Decolonial and postcolonial perspectives
Racism in the Global South
Critical humanitarianism
Family and gender intimacies