Castriela Hernández-Reyes is a Palenquera intellectual, Antiracist and activist researcher, and doctoral candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. As a Black/Decolonial feminist anthropologist from South America, she uses ethnography and ethnohistory as qualitative methods to comprehend how interlocking systems of power, oppression, and exclusion operate and intersect in war contexts and how they are tied to unbroken colonial patterns of racism in Colombia. She also investigates extractivism and environmental racism in ethno-racial territories in LA. Her published research articles appear in Latin American Perspectives and Latin American Research Review -LARR Journals.
Through feminist collaborative and multi-sited ethnographic research, my dissertation explores how Black women's, officials, and former combatants' voices and lived experiences co-constructed race, gender, body, class, and racism in the framework of the Colombian armed conflict and transitional justice. My research interests revolve around race, gender, class, and ethnicity; armed violence and racism in Colombia; the political economy of war; extractivism and racial capitalism in Latin America; Black /Decolonial feminism theories; critical race theory; Truth and memory building in times of transitional justice; gender violence; Black women's history and activisms; State power and colonialism; ethno-racial movements and politics; ethnographic methods; Dispossession and forced migration; and political anthropology.
I have engaged with Black women's activism and anti-racist struggles in Colombia and Latin America. I am a co-founder and current President of the Asociacion Colombiana de Investigadoras e Investigadores Afros - ACIAFRO (Colombian Association of Afro descendant Researchers -ACIAFRO); Co-Chair of LASA Gender and Feminist studies, and member of the Black women collective Trenzado de Mujeres Cimarronas.