ONGOING RESEARCH STREAMS

 "Black Women and the Materiality of Race, Gender, Body, and Racism within the Armed Conflict and Transitional Justice System in Colombia"

My first stream of research focuses on how interlocking systems of patriarchal power and exclusion intersect and are tied to unbroken colonial patterns of racism and sexism that foster the commodification of race and gender within the global political economy of war. My dissertation ethnography takes a groundbreaking look at how race, gender, bodies, and racism intersect within the Colombian armed conflict and transitional justice system. This research centers on how narratives and lived experiences of Black women,  officials, and ex-combatants co-construct race, gender, bodies, and racism within the armed conflict and peace-building at times of increased violence within rural and ethno-racial territories as well as massacres of social leader and the sociopolitical crisis produced by the lack of will of the current Colombian government to foster a real and effective implementation of the 2016 peace accord.

 

 Racial capitalism, Extractivism, and Eco-race feminist struggles 

 

The second stream of research centers on how the commodification of nature, race, and gender, as well as the feminization and racialization of poverty in rural territories, are rooted in the colonial dependency of Latin America toward nature resource's extractivism. Extractive projects sponsored by the state tend to increase poverty, land dispossession, and the emptying of territories. To contest co-constitutive systems of oppression,  Black, Indigenous, and Peasant communities organize each other and fight against legal and illegal extractivism, capitalist extractive projects, armed violence, and the militarization of their everyday life.  My article "Black women's struggles against extractivism, land dispossession and marginalization in Colombia,"  published by Latin American Perspective journal, offers a groundbreaking look at how Black women are struggling against State-sponsored extractive projects, armed violence, and racial capitalism in Colombia. 

Black/Decolonial feminism theories and praxis: Centering Black and Subalternized women's history in the Global South

 

This stream of research pays attention to how the state's control and oppression of Black and Indigenous women's bodies and their offspring served to keep colonial patriarchal power, exclusion, and structural racism through what I called the racialized and colonial/modern sex/gender system. In the book chapter titled "Aproximaciones al Sistema de Sexo/Género en la Nueva Granada en los siglos XVIII y XIX"  (in Spanish) included in the anthology Demando mi libertad: Mujeres Negras y sus estrategias de resistencia en la Nueva Granada, Venezuela y Cuba, 1700-1800,  I scrutinize how Black women's bodies and Black women's reproductive labor were pivotal to the economic development of the colonial/modern Nueva Granada (currently, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, and Venezuela) and how the commodification of Black women's bodies and their offsprings served to and participated in the spreading of the white-male patriarchal/colonial power, anti-black racism, and exclusion.

Whiteness and whitening

After publishing our article titled "Interrogando la gramática racial de la blanquitud: Hacia una analítica del blanqueamiento en el orden racial colombiano" published in Latin American Research Review - LARR,  my colleague Dario Vásquez-Padilla and I are working on an ongoing collaborative project addressing how gender participate or shape the racial grammar of whiteness in different Latin American countries.