Journal of Latin American Encounters (LAE)
Tania Hernández-Cervantes is a PhD candidate of the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University and a Vanier Scholar. She holds an MS in Economics from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Her research interests include social and environmental justice for global and local agro-food systems, agroecology, the rural-urban relationship and ecological economics. Tania believes that a new agro-food and ecological revolution is already taking place in the cities. She is, therefore, interested in urban and peri-urban farming experiments in process across Latin America. Tania's current work focuses on the socio-environmental linkages between Mexico City and its peri-urban agricultural areas. Tania is the co-founder and director of "Refundacion" an online Latin American political magazine.
Irma Molina holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Toronto (Canada). She has done research on issues of indigeneity, warfare, and violence with a particular focus on Latin America. Her work has included extensive fieldwork in various indigenous communities in Chiapas, Mexico and teaching at various post-secondary institutions in Toronto, including York University and the University of Toronto. Irma is a founding member of Latin American Researchers of Ontario (LARO), a non-profit organization that promotes research on Latin America/Latin Americans, the organization combines interest in academic and grassroots research. Irma's current research interest includes Analytics and Ethnography of War, Everyday-Life Theory, Ethics and Fieldwork in Contexts of Political Instability, The Ethics and Politics of Knowledge Production and Representation.
Paloma E. Villegas received her Ph.D. in 2012 from the department of Sociology and Equity Studies in Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto (OISE/UT). She also has a Master's degree in Women Studies from San Francisco State University. Her research analyzes the production of migrant illegalization in relation to race, citizenship and gender. Her dissertation, entitled, "Assembling and (Re)Marking Migrant Illegalization: Mexican Migrants with Precarious Status in Toronto Canada" analyzes the transnational, multiscalar and discursive production of migrant illegalization in relation to Mexican nationals.
Luz Maria Vazquez is a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Sociology at York University. She holds a Master degree on Environment and Development from the National Polytechnic Institute in Mexico. She worked for more than ten years in a research center in Mexico where she acquired strong research skills based on extensive ethnographic and qualitative work in Latin American contexts – Mexico, Belize and Guatemala. She has collaborated in a wide array of environmental projects addressing issues such as resource management, conservation, social perceptions, local governance and climate change. Her research interests intersect with themes such as climate change, politics of environmental knowledge and development.
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