Originally from Mar del Plata, Roberta Villalón was born during the last military regime in Argentina. With a genuine interest in the politics of social inequalities, Roberta has been committed to actively work for justice within and across geographical and social borders. Her background in political science and international relations, together with her expertise in Latin America and Latin American immigrants, has shaped her transnational sociological perspective distinctively.
Her book, Violence Against Latina Immigrants: Citizenship, Inequality and Community (2010, NYU Press), special issue on The Resurgence of Collective Memory, Truth and Justice Mobilizations in Latin American Perspectives, articles like “Violence against Immigrants in a Context of Crisis: A Critical Migration Feminist of Color Analysis," forthcoming in the Journal of Social Distress and the Homeless, and "Neoliberalism, Corruption and Legacies of Contention: Argentina's Social Movements, 1993-2006,” in Latin American Perspectives (2007, 34:2), and book chapters such as "Latina Battered Immigrants, Citizenship, and Inequalities: Reflections on Activist Research" in Taking Risks: Feminist Activist Research in the Americas edited by Julie Shayne (2013, SUNY), and “Framing Extreme Violence: Collective Memory-Making of Argentina’s Dirty War” in Inequality and the Politics of Representation: A Global Landscape edited by Celine Pascale (2012, Pine Forge/Sage), all illustrate her global feminist politics.
An Associate Professor and Chairperson of the Sociology and Anthropology Department at St. John's University, New York City, Roberta is also affiliated with the Committee in Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS), the Women's and Gender Studies Program, and the Global Development and Social Justice program at the university. She is an active member of Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS), as Co-Chair of the Committee on Academic Justice; the International Sociological Association (ISA), as a member of the Research Committees on Language and Culture, and Women in Society (of which she has been elected as a representative of the United States); the American Sociological Association (ASA), as member of the Gender and Sexualities, and the Racial and Ethnic Minorities sections; and the Latin American Studies Association (LASA), as Co-Chair of the Gender and Feminist Studies Section and member of the Human Rights, and Latino Studies sections.
Currently, Roberta is working on two major research projects. On the one hand, she has been doing research on the politics of collective memory and justice in Latin America as the editor of a Latin American Perspectives Special Issue on the topic, which will count with three volumes given the quantity and quality of the submissions received. The first volume of the Special Issue appeared in May 2015, the second will be published in September 2016, and the third one in November 2016. On the other hand, she is developing a transnational, interdisciplinary research project on Health Inequities and Migration focusing on the Ecuadorean case as a Research Fellow at the Institute of Health and Migration of the the Hospital Universidad Tecnica Particular de Loja (HUTPL) and the Rielo Institute of Integral Development. Roberta has been recently awarded a Fulbright Foreign Scholar Grant to develop this research project in Ecuador in 2016-2017.
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