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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Johan Gordillo-García

Johan Gordillo-García
Johan Gordillo-García
Sociology School of Social and Political Science University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh UK
Research Interests
Social movements, Power and resistance, Political participation, Protest, Human rights, Political Sociology, Social Violence, Theories of social power, Mexico, Victims of violence

PhD Title

State denials and mobilisations of victims of violence. The case of the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity in Mexico.

PhD research: Social movements led by victims of violence in Mexico. The case of the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity.


  • 2019-current. PhD Sociology. The University of Edinburgh. 
  • 2018. Course diploma: Memory sites and human rights. European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation. 
  • 2016. Theoretical-practical specialisation for victims’ defenders. El Colegio de México. Institutional scholarship in alliance with the National Commission of Human Rights. 
  • 2013-2015. MA Political Science. El Colegio de México. Thesis title: Ley General de Víctimas, un resultado político del Movimiento por la Paz con Justicia y Dignidad (General Law for Victims, a political outcome of the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity).  
  • 2008-2012. BA Communication Science. Universidad La Salle.  

Published works

  • Lenguaje de derechos y apertura de oportunidades legales para el cambio social: El Movimiento por la Paz con Justicia y Dignidad y la Ley General de Víctimas (Rights Language and New Legal Opportunities for Social Change: Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity and the General Law of Victims). Revista Mexicana de Ciencias Políticas y Sociales, 65(239), 2020. 
  • Book review. “Carlos Illades, Conflict, Domination and Violence: Episodes in Mexican Social History”. Social Movement Studies, 19(1), 2019. 
  • Ley General de Víctimas, victoria colectiva sin precedente (General Law for Victims, collective victory without precedent). In Cabildeo Ciudadano, Mara Hernández & Luz Parra (cords.), Mexico, Instituto Belisario Domínguez, 2017. 
  • Iniciativas ciudadanas y la Ley 3 de 3 (Citizen Law Projects and the “3 of 3” Law). Ciudadanía Activa, 4(5), 2016.

Conferences and research groups 

  • Official denials and victims’ paths of mobilisation: the case of the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity in Mexico. New Directions Conference, The University of Edinburgh. 2019, April 18th. 
  • Apertura de oportunidades legales desde los movimientos sociales (Opening of legal opportunities by social movements). Institutional seminar: Participatory governance, public advocacy and social change, UNAM, Mexico. 2018, September 28th.
  • Ausencia de la izquierda partidista en los movimientos sociales de víctimas en México (Absence of the partisan left in the social movements of victims in Mexico). VI National Congress of Social Sciences, Mexico. 2018, March 28th.
  • Legal Mobilisation in Mexico: The case of the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity and the General Law for Victims. International Meeting on Law and Society, Mexico. 2017, June 22nd.
  • Master’s degree thesis presentation. National Congress on Social Movements, Mexico. 2016, October 19th.
  • Member of the Institutional Seminar on Social Movements and Institutions. National Autonomous University of Mexico. 2016-current. 
  • Member of the Mexican Network of Studies on Social Movements. 2017-current. 

Teaching experience

  • Tutor. Sociology 1A: The Sociological Imagination: Individuals and Society.

Work experience 

  • Researcher by project (October 2018-December 2018). “Institutional capacities of local education systems”. El Colegio de México. 
  • External consultant (July 2018-December 2018). “Qualitative study on the experiences of accompaniment by the Mexican Executive Commission for Victim Assistance”. Lekil Kuxlejal, AC. 
  • Advisor on human rights (May 2016-March 2018). Federal Chamber of Deputies. 
  • Researcher by project (November 2016-January 2017). “Methodological proposal to analyse the conformation of state monitoring and evaluation systems”. El Colegio de México. 
  • Associate researcher (October 2015-February 2016). “Database of open government and proactive transparency practices around the world”. El Colegio de México. 
  • Research assistant (August 2015-May 2016) Laboratory for Analysis of Organisations and Social Movements. UNAM. 

Awards and grants

  • 2019-2021 Mexican National Council for Science and Technology (Conacyt), Scholarship for Abroad Postgraduate Studies.
  • 2015 Adrián Lajous Award for the best Political Science thesis. El Colegio de México.
  • 2013-2015 Conacyt scholarship for quality postgraduate programs.