Title:Assistant Professor and Anthony Harrington Fellow
B.A., International Studies, Universidad Central de Venezuela (Central University of Venezuela); M.A., Development Studies, Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and Ph.D., Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK.
Teaching and Research Interests:
Race and Blackness, Afro-Latin American Feminism, Social Movements, Politics of Culture, Black Geographies, Afterlives of Slavery; Venezuela, Colombia and Latin America.
Dr Mosquera Muriel specializes in Afro-Latin American social movements and structural inequalities at the intersection of race, class, and gender, with a focus on Venezuela and Colombia. Her research focuses on the intersections of race, class, gender, culture, space, and Black political mobilizations under Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution (1999-present). As a Black Feminist ethnographer, her work sheds light on the struggles for spatial justice among Black grassroots cultural producers, artists, and political activists as they challenge structural forms of anti-Blackness and spatial inequalities in Latin America.
Her current book project, titled “Building Blackness: Culture and Resistance in the Afterlives of the Plantation in Venezuela,” deploys an ethnographic approach to theorize the role of popular culture as a tactic to galvanize anti-racist politics among Afro-descendant populations in Venezuela’s central coast. Additionally, Dr. Mosquera Muriel conducts comparative research with Afro-Colombian feminist organizations in the Departments of Cauca and Cauca Valley in southwestern Colombia to comprehend Black Colombian women’s cultural politics and their responses against misogynoir (sexism and racism). From 2021-2023 she held a position as a Postdoctoral Provost Fellow at the University of Texas in Austin. She has also held fellowships at the Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS), School of Advanced Studies, University of London in 2019, and the United Nations Fellowship Program for People of African Descent (Geneva, Switzerland) in 2016.
Her work is published in Bulletin of Latin American Research, Journal of Latin American Studies, and The Concise Encyclopedia of Human Geography. She currently serves on the editorial board of Gender, Place, and Culture.