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I am a sociology doctoral researcher from Peru at the University of Toronto and a Vanier scholar.

I hold a M.A. in Sociology from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú and a B.A. in Sociology and Government from Skidmore College. I am a United World Colleges alumna and a Davis United World College undergraduate scholarship recipient.

I have done research on privatization of education, education policies and programs, citizenship education, and gender inequality in academia in Peru. I have been the executive coordinator of Grupo Sofia, a network of social sciences women professionals that promotes gender equality in the social sciences in Peru supported by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada. I have also been a course instructor at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú and the Universidad del Pacífico in Lima, Peru, and a teaching assistant at the University of Toronto.

My research interests are in violence, imprisonment, gender, and indigenous studies. My dissertation looks at the dynamics of violence in marginalized urban neighbourhoods and communities with the goal of understanding how different types of violence are connected and what are the effects of violence on women’s lives. I am currently doing research on the factors associated to women’s incarceration in Peru, the relation between prisons and schools in the U.S., and violence against Indigenous peoples in Toronto and Canada.

I combine research with community work and advocacy because I firmly believe in the transformative power of engaged scholarship. I am currently part of the organizing team of The People’s Pantry – A Toronto community response to COVID-19 and a sociology steward for the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 3902, the union that represents education workers at the University of Toronto. I am also a member of the executive board of the Graduate Sociology Students’ Association (GSSA) at the University of Toronto, and a volunteer at the Native Women’s Resource Centre of Toronto.

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Email: andrea.romanalfaro@mail.utoronto.ca