María José Álvarez Rivadulla, ISA Member of Research Committee on Regional and Urban Development (RC21)
Majo is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the Rosario University, Colombia. Originally from Montevideo, Uruguay, she has a PhD in Sociology from the University of Pittsburgh and has lived in Colombia for the last five years. She is interested in urban inequality focusing on privilege as well as marginality and their spatial configurations. Specifically, she has studied squatter settlements, their organization, and their clientelistic networks in Montevideo. She has also written about gated communities, residential segregation, and on the beautification of slums through megaprojects such as fancy cable cars. She is now working on a new project to compare subjective inequality in different Latin American countries. She’s been involved with the Spanish edition of GD since Michael Burawoy first came to Colombia in 2011 and convinced her to do so. “You can’t say no to Michael”, she jokes.
Sebastián Villamizar Santamaría
Sebastián graduated from Sociology at the Rosario University in 2011. His research interests lie with the interaction of class, consumption, and space in urban scenarios, which led him to do an MA in Geography at the Universidad de los Andes, where he is studying residential segregation in Bogotá. Aside from his MA, he currently works as a teaching assistant at Rosario University with María José, as well as being a research assistant at Dejusticia, a Bogotá-based think tank for human rights. He has been in the GD Spanish translating team since it moved to Colombia, back in 2011.
Andrés Castro Araújo
Andrés currently studies sociology at the Rosario University. He has broad interests in economic sociology (more concretely: work, organizations, and the professions) and cultural sociology – especially the role of expert knowledge in society. His current research focuses on the intersection of markets, class, and moral categories. He also has been in the GD Spanish translating team since it moved to Colombia, back in 2011.
Katherine Gaitán Santamaría
Kathy has just graduated in sociology at the Rosario University in Bogotá, Colombia. Her main research topics are social movements, gender, and its intersection with class and ethnicity. Currently she is part of a collective in Bogotá, promoting social mobilization and activism among the youth, defending them against the arbitrary violence of the local state, especially in the poorest communities. She is also engaged in a project of social intervention with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Cazucá, Soacha, a very poor municipality next to Bogotá, to tackle some of the main social problems. She intends to continue with graduate studies (she has already started an interdisciplinary MA program in social studies at the Rosario University) and to continue working on social intervention in Colombia.