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Latin American and Latinx Studies

Yoalli Rodriguez Aguilera

Yoalli Rodriguez Aguilera

Assistant Professor of Latin American and Latinx Studies and Anthropology

Modern Languages

Research Interests

Racial Formation in Latin America, Decolonial and Anticolonial Theory, Critical Feminisms, State Violence, Environmental Racism


The University of Texas at Austin (Summer 2021)
P.hD. Doctor of Philosophy, Latin American Studies
Dissertation Advisors: Christen Smith and Charles R. Hale 

Center for Research and Advanced Studies in Social Antropology (CIESAS)-Mexico City, Mexico.
M.A. Social Anthropology

Universidad de las Américas Puebla (Mexico)
B.A. Cultural Anthropology

Peer Review Journals

2021    Rodríguez, M. (Upcoming) “Grieving Geographies, Mourning Waters: Life, Death and Environmental Racialized Gendered Struggles”. Feminist Anthropology Journal. 

2019    Rodríguez, M. “La frontera sur de México. Securitización de la migración y concepciones de (in)seguridad entre mujeres migrantes centroamericanas” In Pós – Revista Brasiliense de Pós-Graduação em Ciências Sociais.  v. 14 n. 1 (2019): América-Latina em foco: desenvolvimento, migrações, resistência e ecología. Universidade de Brasilia.

2018    Rodríguez, M. “Diálogos hemisféricos entre feminismos del Norte y Sur: Genealogía de feminismos críticos latinoamericanos.” In Realidad. Revista de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades. No. 151. Universidad Centroamericana de San Salvador (UCA).

Book Chapters

Rodríguez, M. (forthcoming) “Pain and Grief in the Flesh: Towards An Emotionally Engaged Research”  in Fugitive Anthropology. Berry et al. Edited Volume (Expected 2022).

2020    Rodríguez, M. “Senti-pensando la Antropología: mi experiencia y contradicciones en el pensar-hacer” in Antropologías feministas en México: epistemologías, éticas, prácticas y miradas diversas. UNAM, UAM, UNACH,  Mexico. (Expected 2021)

2016    Rodríguez, M. “Tras el rastro de los 43 nosotros” in Juventud(es), regímenes de sensibilidad y disidencia. Narrativas estéticas y morfologías disidentes.  Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez, México (UACJ).


2018    Rodríguez, M. “Reseña del cortometraje documental Semillas de Guamúchil 2016” film review in Revista Abya Yala. Revista sobre Acceso a Justicia e Direitos Nas Amércas. V.2.N1. 2018, Brasilia University.

2017    Rodríguez, M. “Sistemas de Gobierno Comunal Indígena: Mujeres y Tramas de Parentesco En Chuimeq’ena’ book review in Interface: A Journal for and about Social Movements. Vol. 9 No. 1

2015    Rodríguez, M. “Fires on the Border. The Passionate Politics of Labor Organizing on the Mexican Frontera by Rosemary Hennessy” book review in Critical Review of Latin America  (CROLAR) Vol.4 No.1 Gender and Deviance in Latin America,  Lateinamerikainstitut, Free University of Berlin.

Public Scholarship

2021 Rodríguez Aguilera, M. “Settler Colonialism, Racialized Territorial Dispossession, and Toxicity in Mexico” in The Funambulist. Politics of Space and Body. Printed Issue 35. May-June. Paris, France.

2020   Rodríguez Aguilera, M.  and Jayson Porter “Mexico: Where Lagoons means Life and Death for Black and Indigenous people” OKAYAFRICA.

2020    Rodríguez, M.  and Jayson Porter  “On Dying Land: The Afterlife of Toxicity in an Afromexican Community” Black Ecologies Series, Black Perspectives blog by the African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS).

2018    Rodríguez, M. and Mirna Estrella “Mexiko und Zentralamerika angesichts legalisierten Rassismus und Fremdenfeindlichkeit in den USA: Übergänge, Herausforderungen und Formen des Widerstands” in Wissenschaft & Frieden Journal, January printed edition, Germany.

2017  Rodríguez Aguilera, M. Gendered Necropolitics: On the Politics of Death Against Women in Mexico, Latinx Spaces.Digital Media.

Selected Presentations and Talks

2021 “Grieving Geographies, Mestizaje and Environment: Gendered Struggles for Land”. Latin American Studies Association. May 24-26th, 2021.

2021 “Body-Maps: Alternative Cartographies, Enviromental Racism and Toxicity in Mexico”. Envirolab. Virtual Graduate Conference: Placing : New Engagements with the Environment. University of Pennsylvania.  March 18-20th.

2020 “Geografías racializadas: Mujeres afrodescendientes e indígenas frente al racismo ambiental en su comunidad. El caso de las Lagunas de Chacahua-Pastoría, Oaxaca, México.” Asociación Latinoamericana de Antropología, Uruguay. Zoom Meeting. November,23th.

2020 “COVID19, Racismo y Antirracismo” in Primer conversatorio Insurgencias Feministas en Tiempos de Pandemia. Organized by CLACSO Argentine, CIESAS Mexico and Red de Feminismos Descoloniales. Zoom meeting. June 24th.

2020 “El Ecocidio de las Lagunas de Chacahua” Jornadas Virtuales Ecofeministas Antiextractivistas por el Buen Vivir. Mujeres y la Sexta. Mexico. Zoom meeting.  July 5th.

2019 “Grieving Geographies: Black and Indigenous Women against        Environmental Racism in Mexico” The ALARI (Afro-Latin American Research Institute) First Continental Conference on Afro-Latin American Studies, Hutchins Center, Harvard University. December 11-13th, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

2019 “Don’t go out after sunset: The everyday encounters with risk and fear in the Coast of Oaxaca, Mexico”, American Anthropological Association (AAA), November 20-24th, Vancouver, Canada.

2019 “Grieving Geographies: Black, Indigenous and Poor Mestiza Women Against Environmental-Body Pain in Mexico”. Tepoztlan Institute for the Transnational History of the Americas. July 24-31th, Tepoztlan, Mexico.

2018 “Afrodescendant Women and Inter-ethnic Alliances in Mexico: Resistances against Necrogeographies and Defense of Life”, Thinking Decolonization Hemispherically: Race, Indigeneity, and Coloniality in the Americas. Andrew W. Mellon Sawyer Seminar on Race and Indigeneity in the Americas  Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Brown University Providence, Rhode Island.

2018 “Afrodescendant Women and Every-Day Resistances in Mexico Against Racialized Necropolitics”, American Anthropological Association (AAA), 14-18th November, San Jose California.

Service and Programming

2021-2022 Co-Chair Track Género y Feminisms (LASA -Latin American Studies Association)

2016 Co-Chair of the 36th Conference Institute of Latin American Studies Students Association “Resistance and Utopia: Latin America Confronting Globalization” Teresa Lozano Long Insitute of Latin American Studies, The University of Texas at Austin.

2016 Co-organizer of the Conference “Abriendo Brecha XIII Activist Scholarship Conference: Gender, Race and Violence in the Field”. The University of Texas at Austin.

Professional Memberships

American Anthropological Association (AAA)

Latin American Studies Association (LASA)

National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA)

American Association of Geographers (AAG)

Asociación Latinoamericana de Antropología (ALA)