I got my PhD at the University of California at Berkeley in 1996, and I am currently Staff Researcher in the Institute of Language, Literature and Anthropology (ILLA) of the Center for the Humanities and Social Sciences (CCHS) at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC).
My research in the anthropology of the body, violence and social memory (both in Latin America and in Spain) encompasses two main ethnographic objects: the spiritist cult of María Lionza in Venezuela (I wrote my Ph.D. on this widespread form of popular religion) and, since 2003, the politics of memory in contemporary Spain, focusing the analysis on the current process of exhumation of mass graves from the Civil War (1936-1939), which started around 2000.
Before being hired at CSIC, I have taught and conducted research at the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Virginia, the Central University of Venezuela (UCV), the University of Utrecht, the Autonomous University of Morelos (UAEM), the University of Deusto and the University of Extremadura.
I am presently Main Researcher of the research project The Politics of Memory in Contemporary Spain: A Decade of Mass Grave Exhumations, funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (CSO2009-09681) and more recently by the Ministry of Economy (CSO2012-32709). You can check our work in our webpage. I am also the CSIC coordinator of the VII FP Marie Curie Initial Training Network 'Sustainable Peace Building' (SBUILD). More recently, I become part of the Management Committee of the COST action called In Search of Transcultural Memory in Europe.