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Gema Kloppe-Santamaría is Assistant Professor of Latin American History at Loyola University, Chicago. She holds a PhD in Sociology and Historical Studies from the New School for Social Research. Her research deals with questions of violence, state formation, religion, and the rule of law in Mexico and Latin America at large. Before joining Loyola, she was a Visiting Fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at Notre Dame University (2017–18) and Assistant Professor of International Studies at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (2015–17).
Kloppe-Santamaría is the author of In the Vortex of Violence: Lynching, Extralegal Justice and the State in Post-Revolutionary Mexico (University of California Press, 2020). She is also the chief editor of the volumes Violence and Crime in Latin America: Representations and Politics (University of Oklahoma Press, 2017) and Human Security and Chronic Violence in Mexico: New Perspectives and Proposals from Below (Porrúa México, 2019). She has authored reports for the United Nations Development Program, the Wilson Center for International Scholars, and the Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Center (NOREF).
- Recent Publications
In the Vortex of Violence: Lynching, Extralegal Justice and the State in Post-Revolutionary Mexico (University of California Press, 2020).
Kloppe-Santamaría, Gema and Alexandra Abello-Colak (eds.) Human Security and Chronic Violence in Mexico: New Perspectives and Proposals from Below, edited with Alexandra Abello-Colak (Editorial Porrúa, México, 2019)
Santamaría, Gema and David Carey Jr. (eds.) Violence and Crime in Latin America: Representations and Politics (University of Oklahoma Press, 2017).
“The Lynching of the Impious: Violence, Politics, and Religion in Post-Revolutionary Mexico (1930s-1950s),” The Americas: A Quarterly Review of Latin American History (Vol. 77, no. 1, 2020), pp. 101-28.
“Lynching and the Politics of State Formation in Post-Revolutionary Puebla (1930s-1950s),” Journal of Latin American Studies (Vol. 51, no. 3, 2019), pp. 499-521.
Cruz, José Miguel and Gema Kloppe-Santamaría, “Determinants of Support for Extralegal Violence in Latin America and the Caribbean,” Latin American Research Review (vol. 54, no. 1, 2019), pp. 50-68. https://larrlasa.org/articles/10.25222/larr.212/
“Maras y pandillas: límites de su transnacionalidad,” Revista Mexicana de Política Exterior No. 81, Las Fronteras de México. July- October, 2007. https://revistadigital.sre.gob.mx/images/stories/numeros/n81/santamaria.pdf
Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters
“‘The darkest and most shameful page in the university’s history’: Mobs, Riots, and Student Violence in 1960s-1970s Puebla,” in Jaime M. Pensado and Enrique C. Ochoa (eds.) México Beyond 1968 Revolutionaries, Radicals, and Repression During the Global Sixties and Subversive Seventies (University of Arizona Press, September 2018), pp. 215-235.
“Lynching, Religion and Politics in Twentieth-Century Puebla,” in Michael Pfeifer (ed.) Global Lynching and Collective Violence. Volume II (University of Illinois Press, Fall 2017).
Santamaría, Gema and David Carey Jr. “Introduction. The Politics and Publics of Violence and Crime in Latin America,” in Gema Santamaría and David Carey Jr. (eds.) Violence and Crime in Latin America: Representations and Politics (University of Oklahoma Press, Spring 2017).
“Legitimating Lynching: Public Opinion and Extralegal Violence in Mexico,” in Gema Santamaría and David Carey Jr. (eds.) Violence and Crime in Latin America: Representations and Politics (University of Oklahoma Press, Spring 2017).
“Lynching, Criminality and Racialized Subjects in Mexico,” in Luz Huertas, Bonnie Lucero, and Gregory J. Swedbert (eds.) Voices of Crime: Constructing and Contesting Social Control in Modern Latin America (University of Arizona Press, 2016).
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- Modern, 20th century, 21st century
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