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Pia Berghoff

Independent Research Assistant

Freie Universität Berlin

What is your particular interest in the project?

"ForMOVe connects very well with the topic of my master thesis which I recently finished. My thesis is about the migration politics of the United States that force migrants to wait in the Mexican border towns throughout their asylum processes and the experiences of waiting of Central American female migrants affected by this policies. In many cases, not only their reasons to leave their countries of origin and their experiences crossing Mexico are shaped by acts of organized violence. Also their experiences while being stuck in the border towns are deeply formed by experiences of organized violence or the fear of violent attacks, especially for women migrants."


Short CV
  • Since October 2021: Doctoral Candidate at the Chair of Cultural and Social Anthropology of the Latin American Studies Institute of Freie Universität Berlin (Prof. Dr. Stephanie Schütze)
  • August 2018 - March 2019: Exchange student at PIEG (Programa Interdisciplinario de Estudios de Género) of El Colegio de México in Mexico City.
  • 2017-2021: Master student of Latin American Studies with specialization in Gender Studies at the Latin American Studies Institute of Freie Universität Berlin.
  • 2012-2017: Bachelor studies in Political Science and Cultural Studies (Double Degree) at the University of Leipzig.
Research Focus
  • Gender and Migration Studies
  • Spatialization processes and Border Studies
  • Feminist theory of science
  • Regional focus: Mexico and Central America, Colombia