Dr Megan  Ryburn

Dr Megan Ryburn

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow

Latin America and Caribbean Centre (LACC)

English, Spanish
Key Expertise
Migration, Citizenship, Borders

About me

Megan is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in the LSE Latin America and Caribbean Centre. She was previously an LSE Fellow in Human Geography in the Department of Geography and Environment, and continues to teach in the Department. Megan received her PhD from Queen Mary University of London, where she held a Principal’s Studentship jointly funded by the School of Geography and the School of Politics and International Relations. She holds an MPhil in Latin American Studies from the University of Cambridge, and a BA (Hons) from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. She is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Latin American Studies.

Megan’s work focuses on migration and citizenship in Latin America, and increasingly on violence and borderlands. Based on multi-sited ethnographic fieldwork in Chile and Bolivia, her doctoral research addressed the everyday citizenship practices of Bolivian migrants in Chile. Uncertain citizenship: Everyday practices of Bolivian migrants in Chile is the book that resulted from this research (published by the University of California Press in 2018). It received the Honourable Mention (Social Sciences) for the 2019 LASA Southern Cone Studies Section Book Prize.

Her current project, funded by the British Academy, is entitled Navigating borderlands: Colombian migrant women in Antofagasta, Chile and experiences of violence. Through multi-sited ethnography in Antofagasta, Chile and the Valle del Cauca, Colombia, as well as innovative participatory methods to produce an animated video, this project investigates the cross-border lived experiences of Colombian migrant women in Antofagasta. It uses the concept of "navigating borderlands" to interrogate how women negotiate spaces of structural, symbolic, and sometimes physical, violence.

Expertise Details

Migration; Citizenship; Borders; Feminist Geography; Political Geography; Multi-Sited Ethnography