This bio 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.

Current Research

In the Vortex of Violence: Lynching, Extralegal Justice and the State in Post-Revolutionary Mexico


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