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Dr. Ximena Alba Villalever

Freie Universität Berlin

Postdoc in Ancient American Studies/Cultural Anthropology

What is your particular interest in the project?

"As Mexico continues to strengthen its migration policies and grows to be a vertical border for migrants trying to reach the United States, I deem necessary to turn our lens into the experiences of migrants of different origins that are facing a myriad of contexts of violence. The strengthening of the southern Mexican border is in part a reflection of the complex relationship between the United States and Mexico, but it is also the culmination of a long-dated process of differentiation between those that are “welcome” and those that are not. The entanglement between forced migration and organized violence gives us a wide perspective to look exactly at those forms of discrimination and repression suffered by migrants today and perpetrated by institutions as well as by other organized groups."

Short CV
  • Postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Latin American Studies of the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany since 2017.
  • Ph.D. (Dr. phil.) in Anthropology as part of the IRTG “Between Spaces” at the Institute for Latin American Studies of the Freie Universität Berlin, 2017
  • Masters Degree in Anthropology and Sociology "Migrations et relations interéthniques" at the Université Paris Diderot-Paris 7 – URMIS, 2011
  • B.A. in Social Anthropology at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana - Iztapalapa
Research Focus
  • Migration studies: transnationalism, borders and human mobility
  • Globalization and labor: migration and commodity chains
  • Gender studies
  • Urban anthropology
  • Migration and violence