Ulises is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Geography and Environment. He is also a Research Associate and Web Editor for LSE London as well as Social Media Editor for the journal CITY: Analysis of Urban Change, Theory and Action. He holds a PhD in Human Geography and Urban Studies from the LSE. Prior to this degree, Ulises completed a B.A. and M.A. in Performance Studies and Rhetoric from the California State University, Los Angeles.
His PhD research project examined critically the relationship between small charities, government policy, and migrants in London—with particular focus on Latin American migrants. His thesis, ‘Spectral Latinidad: the work of Latinx and small charities in London’, documents how charity users and volunteers produce Latinidad in London, how small charities work to politicise these performances, and how successive central government policies have continually stifled the overarching work of small charities.
His current research interests further develop what he calls spectral geographies, spatial politics of presence and absence in relation to political economic and cultural lifescapes. He is currently conducting ethnographic research in the Costa Chica of Guerrero, Mexico, examining processes of rural<>urban development, state spectrality (intervention or lack thereof), and the politics of ethnicity in the region where there is a substantial population of Indigenous and Afrodescendant peoples.