María José Méndez Gutiérrez

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  • International Relations
  • Political Theory


  • B.A., Vassar College
  • Ph.D., University of Minnesota

María José Méndez Gutiérrez

Assistant Professor


Research interests: violence in and against the Global South, the illicit global economy, critical development studies, feminist theory and methods, and anticolonial and decolonial thought. Her book project examines the gendered political economy of transnational gang violence in Central America. As part of an SSHRC-funded international team, María is working to document and commemorate the history of the Salvadoran Civil War. Recent publications: “Acuerpar: The decolonial feminist call for embodied solidarity,” in Signs (forthcoming 2023) and “Studying Gangs in Central and South America: Reflections on Gender and Researcher Positionality,” in The Oxford Handbook of Gangs and Society (forthcoming 2023).

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