Juan D. Delgado
I am currently interested in the political recognition of Afrodescendent populations in Latin America to understand how processes of nation-state formation shape the emergence of political actors, cultural categories and social groups. I draw insights from the historical sociology of state-building processes, the political sociology of institutional fields and the cultural sociology of symbolic practices.
My recent empirical work focuses on the politics of ethno-racial politicization in Colombia and Mexico. My dissertation, Race as Culture and Color: Recognizing Afrodescendent Populations in Colombia and Mexico (1970-2018), seeks to explain in comparative perspective why only some Latin American states have extended ethnoracial rights to Afrodescendent populations while others have failed to do so.
In this research, I develop a three-fold research strategy that combines data from official reports, in-depth interviews, archival sources, and ethnographic observations collected during more than 16 months of multi-sited fieldwork in central and peripheral regions of Colombia and Mexico. For this research, I use a mix-methods approach that blends archival, ethnographic and quantitative methodologies.
- 2015 M.A. – University of California, Los Angeles – Sociology
- 2012 M.A. – Universidad Nacional de Colombia – Sociology
- 2005 B.A. – Universidad Nacional de Colombia – Sociology
Fields of Study
Comparative & Historical Sociology, Political Sociology, Cultural Sociology, Social Theory, Comparative Race & Ethnicity, Social Movements & Collective Behavior.
Awards & Grants
- 2018 NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant
- 2016-2017 IAF PhD Grassroots Development Fellowship
- 2015 Research Grant, Institute of American Cultures, UCLA
- 2015 Field Research Grant, Latin American Institute, UCLA (declined)
- 2013-2014 Graduate Research Mentorship, UCLA
- 2012-2016 Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship, UCLA
- 2012-2014 Graduate Dean’s Scholar Award, UCLA