PILAS Committee Members
If you would like to be a member of the future committee, please email the current PILAS President.
President: Ana Lucía Peláez Echeverría
Ana Lucía (she/her) is a doctoral candidate in Latin American Studies at the University of Cambridge. Her PhD project focuses on blockages for positive peace in Guatemala, specifically the relationship between conflict resolution mechanisms and resistance movements.
Treasurer: Rafael Shimabukuro
Rafael (he/him) is a doctoral candidate in Latin American Studies at the University of Cambridge. His PhD project focuses on neoliberalism from below in 1990s Peru, seeking to make sense of the birth of Fujimorismo as a sociopolitical movement amongst subaltern Peruvians.
Secretary: Ana María Villaveces Galofre
Ana María (she/her) is a Doctoral Student at the University of Cambridge. Her research focuses on Contemporary Latin American Horror Novels and the manners in which they evoke untimely affects and attempt to embody the work of memory.
Conference Secretary: Clare Burgess
Clare (she/they) is a third year DPhil student at the University of Oxford focusing on histories of sex work in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Her work centres on Mexico City, Seville and Lyon, with a focus on gendered labour and the colonial construction of sexuality and binary gender. She is also the convenor of the Oxford’s French and Iberian Palaeography groups, collaborative spaces for graduate students and ECRs to improve their palaeography.
Special Event Coordinator: Frida Hernández
Frida (she/her) is a final year PhD student at the Centre for American Legal Studies at Birmingham City University on environmental law. Her research focuses on the inclusion of rights of nature in the Mexican legal framework and the participation of interest actors in the advancing of earth centred law in Mexico.
Special Event Coordinator: Tania Gomez Perochena
Tania (she/her) is a first year PhD student at the Sociology Department of Goldsmiths, University of London. Her research focuses on the common world and common strategies beyond capitalism, built on the encounter between Peruvian indigenous movements and climate activists.
Photo: Molly Avery. Street art in Xela (Quetzaltenango).