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Frida Osorio Gonsen

Affiliate Professor

Frida Osorio Gonsen received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences-Po) in December 2012. She holds an M. A. from the same institution and a B.A. from UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México). She was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship from CONACYT to be a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Latin American Studies at Columbia University and in the Department of History at Concordia University, where she worked under the supervision of Professor Nora Jaffary. Contradicting a traditional understanding of Mexican Law history, her current research focuses on how the system of constitutional rights adjudication known as Amparo Suit became, in the Porfirian era, an important tool used by Mexican women to assume their rights of citizenship. It assesses how, in their efforts to stake their claim to redress for grievances committed under Porfirio Díaz dictatorship, Mexican women paradoxically contributed, on one hand, to confer legitimacy to the extremely harsh centralization undertaken by the regime and, on the other, to standardize the civil law.

Her research and teaching interests include: Gender History, Latin American History, Oral History, Violence and Citizenship, Legal History, History of Political Thought (both textualist and contextualist approaches) including 18th and 19th century French/ American thought and Constitutional History.

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