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Research Fellowship in the Study of Race and Anti-Racism awarded

  • 14 April 2021

Dr Rachell Sánchez-Rivera has been recommended for election as an unofficial Fellow of Gonville & Caius College as the successful candidate in the competition for the Research Fellowship in the Study of Race and Anti-Racism.

Dr Sánchez-Rivera is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Sociology at Queens' College, Cambridge, and has a PhD from the Centre for Latin American Studies at the University of Cambridge. Their PhD title was: ‘What Happened to Mexican Eugenics? Racism and the Reproduction of the Nation’.

This project explores the origins of eugenics in Mexico at the beginning of the twentieth century and traces its continuity and evolution into the present day. Using a mixture of archival materials and contemporary activists’ reports, this manuscript shows how central the role of eugenicists was to the creation of the Mexican nation-state. This project will be the first book manuscript dedicated to Mexican eugenics that is written in English, broadening our understanding of transnational connections of eugenics and its contemporary legacies.

In their current post as an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Sociology at Cambridge, their work is connected with the Reproductive Sociology Research Group (ReproSoc) which is a network of scholars concerned with the sociology of reproduction in a diverse range of contexts and disciplines. Dr Sánchez is also responsible for delivering lectures, organising seminars and conferences, and supervising undergraduate and graduate students and dissertations at the department.

The four-year Fellowship runs from 1 October 2021, and all at Caius are looking forward to welcoming Rachell. Their full academic profile can be seen on the University’s Sociology Department website.

The Research Fellowship in the Study of Race and Anti-Racism was an additional Research Fellowship in 2021, after four were awarded in January (two in Arts and Humanities, two in Sciences).

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