Current Postgraduate Students
Dr Arely Cruz-Santiago, BA (Hons), MSc, PhD
Arely Cruz-Santiago is an ESRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Geography at Durham University, where she also completed her PhD.
Her research 'Forensic Citizens: The Politics of searching for disappeared persons' investigates the ways in which absent persons are brought forward into the public sphere by family members searching for them and the citizen-led forensic techniques and knowledge produced within the search. For five years, Arely has examined the ways in which citizen data collection and analysis is broadening our understanding of forensic science, not exclusively as a technology used by governments and its experts, but simultaneously as a tool for citizens to explore and enhance their political possibilities.
Prior to this, she was Postdoctoral Research Associate and Project Manager on the ESRC / GCRF Strategic Network on Unacceptable Forms of Work at Durham Law School.
In 2014 - 2015 she was the Co-investigator on the ESRC-funded project 'Citizen-led forensics: DNA & data-banking as technologies of disruption'. She is currently Co-investigator on the ESRC Transformative Research (2018 - 2020): 'Data Justice in Mexico's Multiveillant Society'.
- Cruz-Santiago, A. Desapariciones. Usos locales, circulaciones globales. Antipode. 2018.
- Schwartz-Marin, Ernesto & Cruz-Santiago, Arely Antígona y su biobanco de ADN: Desaparecidos, búsqueda y tecnologías forenses en México. = Antigone's forensic DNA database: Forensic technologies and the search for the disappeared in Mexico. Athenea Digital. Revista de pensamiento e investigación social. 2018;18:129-153.
- Schwartz-Marin, E. & Cruz-Santiago, A. Forensic civism: articulating science, DNA and kinship in contemporary Mexico and Colombia. Human Remains and Violence: An Interdisciplinary Journal. 2016;2:58-74.
- Schwartz-Marin, E. & Cruz-Santiago, A. Pure Corpses, Dangerous Citizens: transgressing the boundaries between mourners and experts in the search for the disappeared in Mexico. Social Research: An International Quarterly. 2016;83:483-510.
- Schwartz-Marín, E., Wade, P., Cruz-Santiago, A. & Cárdenas, R. Colombian forensic genetics as a form of public science: The role of race, nation and common sense in the stabilization of DNA populations. Social Studies of Science. 2015;45:862-885.
Other (Digital/Visual Media)
- Cruz-Santiago, A. Global Dialogue / Local Innovation: Labor Regulation as a Pathway to Achieving the SDGs. 2019.
- Patricio Ferreira-Lima, K. & Cruz-Santiago, A. Roma: how Alfonso Cuarón’s movie is spurring Mexico to treat domestic workers more fairly. 2019.
- Schwartz-Marin, E. & Cruz-Santiago, A. How citizens lead the search for Mexico's disappeared. 2014.