Castriela Hernandez Reyes



Machmer E34

Wednesdays 9:00 - 10: 00 a.m., and by appointment



Black Diaspora and Decolonial Feminism, Anthropology of Memory, Intersectionality of Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality; Race and Racism; Internal Armed Conflicts, War and Peace-building processes; Power and State Violence; Postcolonial/Decolonial theory; Critical Race theory; Social Movements; Black women's Resistance Practices; Human Rights and Forced Displacement; Development and neoliberalism; Anthropology of Education, and Archival Anthropological research



Degrees Earned

BA, Basic Education, major in Social Sciences, Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas, 2010; Bogotá - Colombia

Specialist in Regional Development Management, Universidad de los Andes, 2011, Bogotá - Colombia;

MA, Sociocultural Anthropology, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2015;

Graduate Certificate African Diaspora Studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2015;

Graduate Certificate Latin American and Caribbean Latino Studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2015,



Dr. Whitney Battle-Baptiste and Dr. Amanda Walker-Jonhson


Biography and Research Interests

I am a Palenquera woman who born in Barranquilla city, Colombia. Am a researcher, an activist, and a black intellectual woman who is proud to be the daughter of a Palenquera woman very fighter and hardworking. As a Ph.D. student in the Department of Anthropology, my research revolves around the examination of how the intersections of race, class and gender play a central role in the understanding of the historical and contemporary political violence in Colombia, as well as in the building process of collective and conscious memories of war in this country. My research focuses on the process through which the Afrocolombian women victims of war individually, collectively and actively respond to multiples forms of exclusion, dispossession, and oppression produced and reproduced by the very violences. Specifically, I am working on the Caribbean region in the area known as Montes de Maria, a rural territory with a long historical tradition of peasant struggles, and that is currently the first Peace laboratory named by the Colombian government after the impacts and consequences of the armed violence that have taken place in such territory.



Book chapter: “Aproximaciones al Sistema de Sexo/Género en la Nueva Granada en los Siglos XVIII y XIX” in the Volume entitled Demando mi Libertad:Relatos de Mujeres Negras y sus estrategias de Resistencia en Nueva Granada, Venezuela y Cuba” (Demanding my freedom: Black Women’s stories and their strategies of resistance in New Granada, Venezuela and Cuba) (Forthcoming)

Hernandez Reyes