I am PhD student in the Department of Sociology, funded by the Chancellor’s International Scholarship and CONACYT. 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 representations of migrants and refugees from Central America in Mexico. I am especially interested in how non-governmental organisations offer an alternative discourse centred around notions of human rights, victimhood, violence and criminality. Drawing from postcolonial and decolonial theories, my research aims at connecting migrant representations to colonial legacies with emancipatory possibilities.
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.
Erika Herrera Rosales