Gema Santamaria

Assistant Professor of International Relations, Director of the International Relations Undergraduate Program, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México


Dr. Gema Santamaría is Assistant Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of International Studies at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). Her areas of specialization include violence, insecurity, and vigilantism in Mexico and Central America. Santamaría holds a PhD in Sociology and Historical Studies from the New School for Social Research and a Master in Gender and Social Policy from the London School of Economics. Her doctoral dissertation- on lynching and vigilante violence in post-revolutionary Mexico- was awarded the 2015 Charles A. Hale Fellowship in Mexican History by the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) and the Albert Salomon Memorial Award in Sociology by the New School. Her research has been supported by several fellowships including a Fulbright-García Robles Scholarship, a Chevening Scholarship, and the Women in the Humanities Fellowship by the Mexican Academy of Sciences. Prior to joining ITAM, Santamaría was a Visiting Fellow at the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at the University of California San Diego. She has written specialized reports for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, and the Norwegian Peace-building Resource Center (NOREF). She is the editor, with David Carey Jr., of the volume Violence and Crime in Latin America: Politics and Representations (forthcoming, University of Oklahoma Press).