I am a PhD Candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago. I study sociopolitical cleavages and inequalities—with special attention to belonging, citizenship, and the discursive justifications of structures of domination. .

My dissertation research focuses on belonging and citizenship in modern democratic societies, bringing together debates of political theory and comparative politics.

More specifically, I am interested in the relationship between citizenship and political belonging, and the ways in which citizens mobilize the legal framework of the state when they seek to delineate and police the boundaries of their political communities. In my research, I explore the ramifications for political equality posed by incongruities between formal and informal belonging within contemporary democracies.

Born and raised in Mexico City, I received a BA in International Relations from El Colegio de MĂ©xico and an MA with honors in the Social Sciences from the University of Chicago, before joining the PhD program in Political Science.

My email is yunablajer@uchicago.edu

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