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Erika Herrera Rosales

I am PhD student in the Department of Sociology, funded by the Chancellor’s International Scholarship. I hold an MA with Distinction in Social and Political Thought from the University of Sussex, and a BA in Sociology from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) from which I received the highest honour.

My current research focuses on the consequences of the social relationship between local non-governmental organisations in Mexico (casas del migrante) and migrants from Northern Central America. I am especially interested in understanding the discourses and practices that probe instances of victimhood, punitiveness and deterrence. Drawing from 38 semi-structured interviews and 21 documents, my research aims at connecting migrants' experiences with humanitarian governance and broader social structures whilst on transit.

Before starting my postgraduate studies, I have participated with NGOs in Mexico City who engage with refugees and asylum-seekers as well as on topics of democratisation and education. I have worked as an assistant researcher at public universities and national institutions.

My doctoral research is supervised by Gurminder Bhambra and Anastasia Chamberlen.

Teaching :

SO129 – Criminologies: theories and concepts (2021-2022)

SO116 – Sociology of Gender (2021-2022)

SO122 – Race and the making of the modern world (2019-2020)


Erika Herrera Rosales