My research examines how political categories are made, why they are codified with particular meanings and to what extent they contribute to recreate social boundaries. I draw insights from the historical sociology of state-building processes, the political sociology of institutional fields and the cultural sociology of symbolic practices. My recent empirical work focuses on the politics of ethno-racial categorization in Latin America during the 20th century. In my dissertation, I conduct a comparative study of multi-institutional mobilization processes that led to different forms of political recognition of afro-descendant categories. For this research, I use a mix-methods approach that blends archival, ethnographic and quantitative methodologies.
Fields of Study
Comparative & Historical Sociology, Political Sociology, Cultural Sociology, Social Theory, Comparative Race & Ethnicity, Social Movements & Collective Behavior.
Grants and Awards
2015 Research Grant, Institute of American Cultures, UCLA
2015 Field Research Grant, Latin American Institute, UCLA (declined)
2013-2014 Graduate Research Mentorship, UCLA
2012-2016 Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship, UCLA
2012-2014 Graduate Dean’s Scholar Award, UCLA
2015 M.A. - University of California, Los Angeles - Sociology
2012 M.A. - Universidad Nacional de Colombia - Sociology
2005 B.A. - Universidad Nacional de Colombia - Sociology