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Biography

Dr Ortega Bayona has been a full-time Lecturer in the Department for Latin American Studies, School of Philosophy and Humanities, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) since 2015. She has ten years teaching experience on Latin American contemporary political and social history; social movements in Latin America; social and political theory; qualitative methodologies and oral history. Her research interests and publications focus on social movements in Latin America, mainly Bolivia and Mexico, in contexts of political transformation and economic restructuration, from an oral history approach. Berenice completed her PhD in Sociology at the University of Essex in 2011, and her thesis examined the political trajectories of the different sectors that participated in the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO). She has also held a postdoctoral position in Political Sociology at Instituto Mora in Mexico City. Prior to starting her PhD, Berenice worked in human rights and non-profit organizations in New York City and Mexico City, where she also studied an MPhil in Latin American Studies at UNAM, as well as courses in International Relations and Non-governmental organizations at New York University.

Research

Recent publications:

  • 2019, Berenice Ortega Bayona and Kristina Pirker (coords), Dilemas de la acción colectiva en América Latina: Entre la incidencia institucional y la protesta social, FFyL-UNAM/Instituto Mora.
  • 2017, "El tiempo nos alcanzó: Huellas de la Asamblea Popular de los Pueblos de Oaxaca en el contexto de transición política del estado”, Revista Estudios Sociológicos-Colmex, vol. 35, no. 103 (enero-abril 2017).
  • 2016, “La construcción de una identidad de clase en la resistencia: El caso del movimiento campesino cocalero en Bolivia”, in VVAA, Pensando Bolivia desde México. Estado, Movimientos, Territorios y Representaciones, México, Posgrado en Estudios Latinoamericanos-UNAM/Posgrado en Ciencias del Desarrollo de la Universidad Mayor de San Andrés.
  • 2016, “La APPO y el proceso de democratización en Oaxaca: Cambios, retos y continuidades”, Polis (UAM-I), Vol. 12, no. 2016-I, pp. 11-44

Research interests:

  • Latin American contemporary social movements
  • Oral History and Qualitative Methodologies
  • Political Philosophy and Latin American Thought

Teaching

Globalisation, Development and the Americas