Dr Ainhoa Montoya

My research focuses on post-conflict violence and conflicts over natural resources.

My book-length monograph The Violence of Democracy: Political Life in Post-War El Salvador explores ethnographically how Salvadorans have made sense of a violent peace and the political life of their country in the context of a liberal market democracy. Based on research coinciding with the 2009 elections, the book demonstrates how various forms of violence have become entangled with democracy-related imaginaries and practices in post-war El Salvador.

My current research examines the legal cultures at work in the realm of mineral governance in Central America. The goal of this research is to achieve an understanding of the relationship between the legal and the moral as it plays out in environmental politics. It has been funded with an ESRC Future Research Leaders Fellowship (2016-2018) and a British Academy Sustainable Development Programme award (2018-2020).

I have also acted as an expert witness in asylum appeal cases in the UK involving Salvadorans.

I am currently a co-editor of the Bulletin of Latin American Research, the journal of the Society for Latin American Studies, and a co-convener of the London-based Latin American Anthropology seminar.

London, University of
Centre or department: 
Institute of Latin American Studies
School of Advanced Study
PhD (Manchester); MPhil (Cambridge); BA (UAM)
El Salvador
Central America

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