Diana Isabel Güiza-Gómez is a lawyer who holds an LLM from Universidad Nacional de Colombia. She is pursuing a joint PhD in Peace Studies and Political Science at the University of Notre Dame. She is affiliated to the Kellogg Institute for International Studies and the Kroc Institute for Peace Studies. She is a Fulbright-Colciencias grantee 2019-2023, as well as a Presidential Fellow 2019-2024, and was awarded a Darby Fellowship for the academic year 2019-2020.
Her research agenda explores the interactions amongst constitution-making, peacebuilding and broad political inclusion in transitional societies. Specifically, she plans to study how post-conflict constitution-building and political inclusion transform the initial peace agreement forged by political elites into long-lasting normative commitments and a stable broad-based participatory political system in deeply divided societies, such as Colombia.
She used to work as a researcher at the Center for the Study of Law, Justice and Society (Dejusticia) where she conducted academic studies on the Colombian peace process between the Colombian state and FARC-EP, as well as the economic, social and cultural rights of peasant farmers (campesinos). Concurrently, she was an occasional lecturer in the Faculty of Law, Political and Social Sciences at Universidad Nacional de Colombia in the areas of Legal Research, Latin American Constitutionalism, Constitutional Interpretation and Constitutional Theory. Diana Isabel has a number of publications, including peer-reviewed articles, chapters of books and two books, such as Correcting or distributing to transform? A conception of justice for the Colombian Land Restitución Program (2017).
She is currently a researcher and project coordinator of the Kellogg Institute's Eliminating Violence Against Women Lab (E-VAW) and a research affiliate of the institute's Notre Dame Violence and Transitional Justice Lab (V-TJLab).
Insurgent and Rural-Poor Collective Action and Land Redistribution in War-to-Peace Transitions
Nov 27, 2023
From January to September 2023, Kellogg Doctoral Affiliate Isabel Güiza-Gómez (political science and peace studies) traveled to rural and urban areas in Colombia on a Kellogg Institute Graduate Research Grant to conduct research for her project “Landing Peace: Rural-Poor Mobilization and Land Redistribution in Civil War Political Transitions.”
Güiza-Gómez Awarded GWIS National Fellowship
Aug 2, 2023
Kellogg Institute Doctoral Student Affiliate Isabel Güiza-Gómez has been awarded one of nine National Fellowship by Graduate Women in Science (GWIS) this year.
Democracy, Peacebuilding, and Development in Post-Accord Colombia with Political Scientist Juan Albarracín (Democracia, construcción de paz y desarrollo en la era de pos acuerdo en Colombia con el politólogo Juan Albarracín)
May 1, 2023
Interviewed by Kellogg Doctoral Student Affiliate Isabel Güiza-Gómez, political scientist Juan Albarracín (University of Illinois, Chicago) discusses lethal violence against grassroots leaders in Colombia after the signing of the 2016 peace agreement, which raises questions on the prospects for democracy, peace-building, and development in transitioning contexts.