This profile was current as of 2018, when she was part of the on-campus Kellogg community.
Gema Santamaría (PhD, New School for Social Research), a 2017–18 Kellogg visiting fellow, is assistant professor of Latin American history at Loyola University, Chicago. Her research analyzes the history of Latin American processes of state building across the 20th and 21st centuries, with a particular attention to questions of violence, crime, justice, and the rule of law.
At Kellogg, Santamaría will work on the book manuscript “In the Vortex of Violence: Lynching, Extralegal Justice, and the State in Post-Revolutionary Mexico,” which traces the social and historical motives behind the persistence of lynching—a public, illegal, and particularly cruel form of violence. Her project also examines Mexico’s process of state formation as well as communities’ conceptions of justice, morality, and social order.
Santamaría is the editor, with David Carey Jr., of the volume Violence and Crime in Latin America: Representations and Politics (University of Oklahoma Press, 2017). She has also authored reports for the United Nations Development Program, the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, and the Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Center (NOREF).
Previously, Santamaría was assistant professor and director of the Undergraduate Program in International Relations at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) as well as visiting fellow at the Center for US-Mexican Studies at the University of California, San Diego. In addition to her PhD, she holds a master’s in gender and social policy from the London School of Economics.
In the Vortex of Violence: Lynching, Extralegal Justice and the State in Post-Revolutionary Mexico
New Research by Women Studying Violence
Nicaragua’s Uprising: From Dictatorship, to Revolution, to Dictatorship
Aug 10, 2018
Former Visiting Fellow Gema Kloppe-Santamaría has authored an article about Nicaragua's current political crisis for IPI Global Observatory.
Faculty Fellow Publishes Book on State Repression in Mexico
Apr 17, 2018
Jaime Pensado, a Kellogg Institute for International Studies faculty fellow, has co-edited a new book on revolutionary organizing and state repression in Mexico in the 1960s and 1970s.