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Lirio Gutiérrez Rivera

Assistant Professor in Political Science, Universidad Nacional de Colombia

I studied Political Science (Dr.phil. Freie Universität Berlin) and Anthropology (MA Universidad de los Andes -Bogotá). Since 2014 I have worked at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia (Medellin-Campus) where I worked first at the School of Urban and Regional Planning and, since 2016, at the Department of Political Science. Prior to working at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, I lived in Berlin, Germany where I did a postdoc at the ( Freie University Berlin) and lectured at the Institute for Latin American Studies/Freie University Berlin.


  • –present
    Assistant Professor in Political Science, Universidad Nacional de Colombia


  • 2009 
    Freie Universität Berlin, Dr.phil. Political Science


  • 2017
    Coming of age in the penal system: neoliberalism, ‘mano dura’ and the reproduction of ‘racialised’ inequality in Honduras. , The Social Life of Economic Inequalities in Latin America. Decades of Change, edited by Iselin Asedotter Stronen and Margit Ystanes. Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan
  • 2017
    The World of the Rondines: Movement, order, and control in a Latin American prison, In: Carceral Mobilities: Interrogating Movement in Incarceration, edited by Jen Turner and Kimberly Peters. London: Routledge
  • 2016
    Revisiting Palestinian Migration and Social Mobility in Honduras: The Caribbean Coast and Family and Kinship Relations, In: Migration of Rich Immigrants: Gender, Age and Ethnicity, edited by Alex Vailati and Carmen Rial. New York: Palgrave
  • 2014
    Assimilation or Cultural Difference? Palestinian Migrants in Honduras, Revista de Estudios Sociales (Universidad de los Andes, Colombia) No. 48: pp. 57-68
  • 2013
    Territories of Violence. State, Marginal Youth, and Public Security in Honduras. , New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • 2012
    Geographies of Violence and Exclusion: Imprisoned Gangs (“Maras”) in Honduras, Latin American Research Review, 47(2): 167-179.
  • 2011
    Security Policies from a Spatial Perspective: The Case of Honduras, In: “Dossier Spaces of Insecurity: Rethinking Security Governance in Latin America” Iberoamericana, no. 41, 143-155.
  • 2010
    Discipline and Punish? Youth Gangs’ Response to Zero- Tolerance in Honduras, Bulletin of Latin American Research, 29(4): 492-514.

Professional Memberships

  • Latin American Studies Association
  • American Political Science Association
  • Urban Affairs