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).
- Violence and Crime in Latin America: Politics and Representations, edited with David Carey Jr. (forthcoming, University of Oklahoma Press, Spring 2017).
- “Crime and Support for Extralegal Violence in Latin America,” paper prepared for presentation at the American Political Science Association (APSA), 110th Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, 28–31 August 2014.
- “Breaking the Vicious Cycle: Criminal Violence in U.S.-Latin American Relations,” in Jorge Dominguez and Rafael Fernandez de Castro, Contemporary U.S.-Latin American Relations, 2nd Cooperation or Conflict in the 21st Century?, Routledge, New York, 2016.
- “Drugs, Gangs and Vigilantes: How to Tackle the New Breeds of Mexican Armed Violence,” Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Center (NOREF), Report Series on Non-conventional armed violence, December 8, 2014.