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Cecilia Farfán-Méndez

Postdoctoral Scholar at the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, University of California, San Diego

Farfán-Méndez is a postdoctoral scholar at the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at UC San Diego. Her research focuses on better understanding different forms of violence and the inner workings of organized crime and money laundering in North and Latin America.

Farfán Méndez received her Ph.D. from UC Santa Barbara. She received her bachelor’s degree in international relations from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, and holds a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. She has also been a recipient of several research fellowships including the University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States, the Fulbright Program and the UC Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation.


  • –present
    Postdoctoral Scholar at the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, UC San Diego, University of California San Diego


  • 2016 
    University of California Santa Barbara, Ph.D. Political Science