Monica Hernández Ospina
2019 Mark Claster Mamolen Dissertation Workshop Alumna
Doctoral candidate from the Geography Department at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Her research interests have been focused on the formation of territories and contested spaces in contexts of conflict over land ownership, as it traditionally occurs in Colombia. In her current research, she analyzes collective land property conflicts and how collective titling processes are used by state governments as instruments to protect ethnic communities. Using fieldwork and archival research, she study processes through which Afro Colombians obtained collective titles of ownership for the territories they have occupied traditionally. Her goal is to examine the tensions between state and rural/ethnic communities, working on different scales and using land property as a relationship where those tensions are deployed continuously.