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PILAS Committee Members

If you would like to be a member of the future committee, please email the current PILAS President. 

President: Ana Lucía Peláez Echeverría 


Ana Lucía (she/her) is a doctoral candidate in Latin American Studies at the University of Cambridge. Her PhD project focuses on blockages for positive peace in Guatemala, specifically the relationship between conflict resolution mechanisms and resistance movements.


📢 @pelaecheverria

Treasurer: Rafael Shimabukuro


Rafael (he/him) is a doctoral candidate in Latin American Studies at the University of Cambridge. His PhD project focuses on neoliberalism from below in 1990s Peru, seeking to make sense of the birth of Fujimorismo as a sociopolitical movement amongst subaltern Peruvians.


📢 @rafashimabukuro


Secretary: Ana María Villaveces Galofre


Ana María (she/her) is a Doctoral Student at the University of Cambridge. Her research focuses on Contemporary Latin American Horror Novels and the manners in which they evoke untimely affects and attempt to embody the work of memory.

📢 @AM_Villaveces

Conference Secretary: Clare Burgess 

Clare (she/they) is a third year DPhil student at the University of Oxford focusing on histories of sex work in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Her work centres on Mexico City, Seville and Lyon, with a focus on gendered labour and the colonial construction of sexuality and binary gender. She is also the convenor of the Oxford’s French and Iberian Palaeography groups, collaborative spaces for graduate students and ECRs to improve their palaeography.


📢 @ClareBurgess6


Special Event Coordinator: Frida Hernández

Frida (she/her) is a final year PhD student at the Centre for American Legal Studies at Birmingham City University on environmental law. Her research focuses on the inclusion of rights of nature in the Mexican legal framework and the participation of interest actors in the advancing of earth centred law in Mexico.



Special Event Coordinator: Tania Gomez Perochena

Tania (she/her) is a first year PhD student at the Sociology Department of Goldsmiths, University of London. Her research focuses on the common world and common strategies beyond capitalism, built on the encounter between Peruvian indigenous movements and climate activists.


📢 @taniadanielagp

Photo: Molly Avery. Street art in Xela (Quetzaltenango).

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