María is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at London Metropolitan University (LMU), Associate Fellow at the Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS), Member of the Spanish and Latin America Society (SLAS) and Fellow of Higher Education Academy (HEA). In 2012, she completed a PhD on Hispanic Studies at University College London. Prior to the completion of her PhD thesis, she finished a Master’s degree in Postcolonial Studies (LMU), a BA (Hons) English Studies (Complutense University of Madrid) and a BPhil Modern Languages: German and English (Salamanca University, Spain).
Her teaching and research work contributes to the fields of women’s history, sociology of sex and gender, human rights, political science, and development studies in Latin America and the Caribbean. Her work aims to develop practical global responses to the social and political challenges on the issues of femicide, citizenship, migration and human rights in the region.
She is the author of a number of journal articles, book chapters and a book, Homosexuality and Invisibility in Revolutionary Cuba (Tamesis, 2015), which entails an original study of the sexual and gender normative models in Cuba under Fidel Castro’s government. She is currently working on two books: Twenty-First Century Hispanic Women Writers (Tamesis, 2018), which is co-authored with Professor Stephen M. Hart (UCL); and Femicide in Latin America: Mexico and Argentina (proposal sent upon request). Her research paradigm expands beyond the structural social construction of gender inequality (and violence) in the region. María’s approach to the tensions between the citizen and the system is intersectional and sustains in the interplay between culture and the social and political sciences.