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CLAIRE MOON, Principal Investigator

Dr Claire Moon designed and directs the project.

Claire is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). She is a member of LSE Human Rights and an Associate of LSE’s Latin America and Caribbean Centre. She sat on the Advisory Board of LSE Human Rights for ten years from 2004-2014, and is currently a member of the Advisory Board of Birkbeck’s Centre for Researching and Embedding Human Rights. She also serves on the international advisory board of a citizen-led forensics organisation of families of ‘the disappeared’ in Mexico.

Claire has degrees in literature, international relations, and politics. Her research has engaged with broad themes such as the nation, justice and human rights. It spans the sociologies of politics, crime, law, violence, knowledge, science and death. She has published widely on topics including transitional justice, the politics of reconciliation, reparations to victims of gross violations of human rights, war trauma, human rights, humanitarianism, forensic investigations of atrocity and the rights of the dead. She is the author of Narrating Political Reconciliation: South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission and is currently writing a book on the history, politics and ethics of forensic exhumations of mass graves. Claire is also, along with Javier Treviño-Rangel, conducting research on the social denial of atrocities and the stigmatisation of victims in the context of Mexico’s ongoing drugs war.

Her webpages are here and here.


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ALEJANDRA DÍAZ DE LEÓN, research officer

Dr Alejandra Díaz de León provides research assistance to the Principal Investigator.

Alejandra holds a PhD in Sociology and an MA in Human Rights from the University of Essex. Alejandra has been a fellow at the Center for US-Mexican Studies (USMEX) at the University of California, San Diego and a visiting researcher at UC MEXUS at the University of California, Riverside. Her research interests include human rights, solidarity and the creation of bonds, trust and co-operation among strangers in contexts of violence and uncertainty. Her research focuses in particular on Central American transit migrants through Mexico and in the United States.

Her webpage is here.


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JAVIER TREVIÑO-RANGEL, research consultant

Dr Javier Treviño-Rangel acts as consultant to the project on the Mexico case.

Javier is an Assistant Professor in the Cátedras-CONACYT/Drugs Policy Program at the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) in Aguascalientes, Mexico. His research interests include transitional justice, grave violations of human rights, bystanders and public responses to atrocity, and undocumented migrants in Mexico.

His webpage is here.


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Lourdes Hernandez-Martin, public engagement officer

Lourdes Hernandez-Martin manages public events and social media for the project.

Lourdes is the Language Co-ordinator for Spanish Projects and Arabic at the Language Centre of the London School of Economics. She holds an MSc in Human Rights and, during her professional life, has been involved in research and campaigning on human rights in the Middle East and Latin America. She has extensive experience of organising events including conferences, exhibitions, films screenings and talks.

Her webpage is here.