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Sofía Ugarte

Sofía Ugarte

Teaching Associate


Biography:

Before coming to the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge as a PhD student, I completed an MSc in Social and Cultural Anthropology (University College London) and a BA in Sociology (P. Universidad Católica de Chile).  I also worked in Chile as a research assistant at the P. Universidad Católica, and a policy consultant in projects for UNESCO and the Chilean government.

For my doctoral thesis, I conducted 18 months of ethnographic fieldwork in Santiago, the capital of Chile, with Haitian women, and their everyday encounters with state agents and Chilean employers.  I looked at how migrant women’s efforts to live and work in a new country reconfigured political and economic institutions underpinned by postcolonial hierarchies and neoliberal power dynamics.

I am interested in anthropological theories about identity and intersectionality, and how experiences of difference bring to the fore novel ways of understanding the processes and relations that constitute states and markets.  I am also interested in the way historical legacies of racial and gender hierarchies in Latin America configure senses of belonging among mobile and displaced populations within the region.

Research Interests

Latin America and the Caribbean; states and bureaucracies; economy; gender and kinship; racism; migration; postcolonialism and neoliberalism; methodology.

Teaching

Undergraduate Supervision

SAN1 – Social Anthropology: The Comparative Perspective

SAN2 – The Foundations of Social Life

SAN6 – Power, Economy and Social Transformation

SAN13 – Anthropology of Gender, Kinship and Care

Postgraduate Teaching

MPhil Paper 4 – Ethnography and Research Design

Key Publications

Articles and Book Chapters

Ugarte, S. (in press). Buscando la Regularidad Migratoria en los Márgenes del Estado: el caso de mujeres haitianas y la burocracia chilena. Chapter in Red de Estudios Migratorios de la Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, Universidad de Chile.

Ugarte, S. (2018). ‘What if the Worst Happened?’ Life insurance in London as a two-faced technology.  Journal of Consumer Culture 18(1): 43-59.



Book Reviews

Ugarte, S. (in press). Shoaff, Jennifer L. Borders of Visibility: Haitian Migrant Women and the Dominican Nation-state. University of Alabama Press, 2017. In the Journal of Latin American Studies. Invited.

Ugarte, S. (2018). Louis, Bertin M., My Soul is in Haiti: Protestantism in the Haitian Diaspora of the Bahamas.  New York: New York University Press, 2015. In Religion and Society 9(1). Invited.

Other

Ugarte, S. (2015).  Modes of uncertainty on Isla Grande.  Beyond the End: Ensayos Periodical.

Ugarte, S. (2013). Life Insurance as ‘Technology of Care.’ Charisma: Consumer Market Studies. In www.charisma-network.net