Iván Farías Pelcastre

Investigador Postdoctoral Invitado, University of Oxford

I am a scholar in Political Science and International Studies, and researcher on North American Studies. I am currently a Guest Researcher at the Centre for Political and Constitutional Studies (CEPC) in Madrid, Spain. I have been previously a Vacation Visiting Research Fellow at the Rothermere American Institute, at the University of Oxford; an Academic Visitor at the North American Studies Programme at St Antony’s College, also at the University of Oxford; and a Postdoctoral Scholar and Visiting Fellow in Public Policy at the University of Southern California, United States.

I hold a PhD in Political Science and International Studies, and an MSc in Urban and Regional Studies from the University of Birmingham, in the United Kingdom, and a BA in International Relations from the Tecnológico de Monterrey, in Mexico. As a researcher, I am particularly interested in the analysis of policy interdependence and political integration between Canada, Mexico, and the US resulting from the operation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), its side and parallel accords, and their corresponding institutions.


  • 2018–present
    Guest Researcher, Centro de Estudios Políticos y Constitucionales
  • 2017–2017
    Vacation Visiting Research Fellow, University of Oxford
  • 2016–2017
    Academic Visitor, University of Oxford
  • 2015–2016
    Postdoctoral Scholar and Visiting Fellow, University of Southern California
  • 2014–2015
    Associate Tutor, University of Leicester
  • 2015–2015
    Teaching Associate, Oxford Brookes University
  • 2014–2015
    Teaching Associate, University of Birmingham
  • 2014–2015
    Teaching Associate, University of Birmingham
  • 2010–2014
    Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Birmingham


  • 2014 
    University of Birmingham, PhD in Political Science and International Studies
  • 2008 
    University of Birmingham, MSc in Urban and Regional Studies (Merit)
  • 2007 
    Tecnológico de Monterrey, BA in International Relations


  • 2018
    Norteamérica, National Governments, Transnational Actors, and their Roles in the Creation of the North American Environmental Agreements and Institutions
  • 2017
    St Antony's International Review, The False Obsolescence of European Integration Theory in the Study of North American Integration
  • 2016
    Norteamérica, A Tailor-Made Legal Suit: The Actual Scope, Power, and Functioning of NAFTA’s Chapter 11 for the Settlement of Cross-Border Disputes

Professional Memberships

  • European Political Research Consortium
  • Higher Education Academy, United Kingdom
  • Midwest Political Science Association, United States
  • Political Studies Association, United Kingdom