Professor Estévez López received her doctorate in human rights from Sussex University in Brighton, UK; her master’s in political sociology from the City University in London, England; and her bachelor’s in journalism and collective communications from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. She is currently a full-time researcher at the Center for Research on North America (CISAN-UNAM). She is a Level-2 member of the National System of Researchers, and belongs to the Mexican Association of International Studies, the International Studies Association, and the International Sociological Association. She is a professor and advisor at the UNAM School of Social and Political Sciences, where she has given courses on forced migration and human rights and migration and human rights. Her area of expertise is the normative, socio-political study of international human rights and migration in North America. Her research current interests include migratory bio-politics in North America, the repercussions of necro-politics in the “grounded fear of persecution” in the right to asylum, the role of human rights vis-à-vis neoliberalism, de-colonized global justice and migrants’ rights, and universal citizenship and migrants’ rights. Her epistemological basis is in post-structuralism and the decoloniality of knowledge with an emphasis on bio-politics, governmentality, necro-politics, and floating signifiers.
She is the author of Human Rights, Migration and Social Conflict. Towards a Decolonized Global Justice (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2012), also published in Spanish under the title Derechos humanos, migración y conflicto social. Hacia una justicia global descolonizada (Human Rights, Migration, and Social Conflict. Toward Decolonized Global Justice) (CISAN-UNAM, 2014). She has published articles about migration and human rights in international journals such as The Human Rights Quarterly (United States); The International Journal of Human Rights (England); The Journal of Human Rights (United States); Glocalism: Journal of Culture, Politics and Innovation (Italy); Alternatives: Global, Local Political (England); Contemporanea (Brazil); Lua Nova: Revista de Cultura e Politica (Brazil); Foro Internacional (Mexico); and Norteamérica (Mexico), among many others.