Aurora Vergara-Figueroa

Aurora Vergara-Figueroa

Fall 2021 ALARI Visiting Research Associate
Fall 2021 Mark Claster Mamolen Visiting Fellow, Hutchins Center
Aurora Vergara-Figueroa
Aurora Vergara-Figueroa is an Afrocolombian scholar who holds a PhD of Sociology from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. In 2016, she was nominated as one of the 20 best leaders in Colombia Fundación Liderazgo y Democracia. Dr. Vergara-Figueroa currently works as Director of the Center for Afrodiasporic Studies (CEAF) and professor of Sociology at Icesi University (Cali, Colombia).

Dr. Vergara was the winner of the Martin Diskin Dissertation award from LASA (Latin American Studies Association) for the best PhD dissertation integrating activism and rigorous knowledge production (2014).

She is an anthologist, author, and compiler of books such as:

  • Decolonizing worlds: Contributions of Black Intellectuals to Colombian Social Thought (2017, CLACSO) (Original in Spanish).
  • Afrodescendant Resistance to Deracination in Colombia: Massacre at Bellavista-Bojayá-Chocó (2017, Palgrave Macmillan).
  • I Demand my Freedom: Black Women and their Strategies of Resistance in Nueva Granada, Venezuela and Cuba, 1700-1800 (2018, Editorial Universidad Icesi; Original in Spanish). In 2020 this book received the Monserrat Ordóñez Award in the LASA Colombia section for the best book about gender and women's studies in Colombia.

Her latest publications are:

  • Zuluaga, Blanca, Marianella Ortiz & Aurora Vergara-Figueroa (2021). Twice as Hard to Get Half as Far? Differences in Sheepskin Effects Between Afro-Colombian and Non-Afro-Colombian Women, Peabody Journal of Education, DOI: 10.1080/0161956X.2021.1905352.
  •  “Race in Global Perspective.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Sociology, ed. Lynette Spillman (New York: Oxford University Press. 2020).