About me


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I am a Ph.D. candidate in sociology department at the University of Toronto and a Vanier CGS scholar.

I come from the territories that are now called Peru. I was born and raised in the coastal province of Callao, but my family roots are in the Peruvian Northern Andes. I currently reside in Tkaronto, the treaty lands and territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation and the traditional territory of the Huron-Wendat and the Haudenosaunee peoples.

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 Scholar and a Davis United World College undergraduate scholarship recipient.

My dissertation looks at the dynamics and politics of violence in urban marginalized neighbourhoods through the experiences of women. I want to understand how different forms of violence are connected and their effects on people’s lives. I am currently doing research on women’s incarceration in Peru and the experiences of violence, policing and healing of Indigenous women and their families.

I combine research with community work and advocacy because I firmly believe in the transformative power of engaged scholarship. I am a co-founder of The People’s Pantry, a food justice mutual aid community located in Toronto. I have been a steward for the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 3902 and a member of the Graduate Sociology Students’ Association (GSSA) at the University of Toronto. I have also been the executive coordinator of Grupo Sofia, a network of women professionals that promotes gender equality in the social sciences in Peru supported by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada.

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Email: andrea.romanalfaro@mail.utoronto.ca