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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Fulbright Scholar Alejandro Anaya Muñoz at the University of Minnesota

Visiting Professor Alejandro Anaya Muñoz’s career is a reflection of his dedication to the study and protection of human rights and indigenous peoples in Mexico. Anaya obtained his BA in International Relations from Universidad Iberoamericana, in Mexico. He holds a Master's in Theory and Practice of Human Rights and a PhD in government from the University of Essex. As of November of 2012, Anaya has been a Board member of the Mexican Commission for the Defense and Promotion of Human Rights, a leading human rights NGO in Mexico. During 2011 – 2015, he was the Director of the “Central Region” campus of the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE), a leading research and higher education institution in Mexico. He is a tenured Professor of International Studies at CIDE. Anaya also served as Associate Professor and Head of the Department of International Studies at the Universidad Iberoamericana, in Mexico City from 2005 to 2008, and Coordinator of the Human Rights Program from 2004 to 2005.  Previously, Anaya served as Assistant Professor in the Department of Social, Legal and Political Studies, at the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente (ITESO), from 2003 to 2004. 

Anaya was awarded a Fulbright grant for 2015-16 to continue his research, engage students in the classroom and disseminate his knowledge more broadly throughout the community here in the Twin Cities.  He plans to teach a course in the Spring 2016 semester examining human rights through an international relations perspective. His current research explores the influence over state discourse and behavior of the UN Human Rights Committee reporting procedure.  In addition to this research and teaching, Anaya will be organizing an academic conference in October (sponsored by both the Human Rights Program and CIDE), which will bring together scholars from Mexico and the U.S. to discuss the human rights crisis in Mexico.  The outcome of the conference is expected to be a book, edited by Professor Anaya, together Barb Frey, Director of the Human Rights Program, and James Ron, professor of political science. 

From 1996 to 1998, Anaya helped design and carry out human rights workshops with indigenous communities in Chiapas, Mexico, at the Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Human Rights Centre. These workshops focused on human rights reporting to international organizations, NGOs and funding agencies as well as international lobbying.  Before conducting these workshops, from 1994 to 1995, Anaya carried out training in human rights advocacy for Guatemalan refugees in Chiapas and the process of return for these refugees through the Comite Cristiano de Solidaridad in Comitan, Chiapas.  

Professor Anaya has published several books and articles concerning human rights, indigenous rights and cultural diversity in Mexico in journals such as the Human Rights Quarterly, the International Journal of Human Rights and the Journal of Latin American Studies. The following is a selection of his academic work, recognition and courses taught:

Select Publications:

  • Alejandro Anaya Muñoz, Los derechos humanos en y desde las Relaciones Internacionales [Human Rights in International Relations], Mexico City: Centro de Investigación y Docenia Económicas, 2014.
  • Alejandro Anaya Muñoz, El país bajo presión. Debatiendo el papel del escrutinio internacional de derechos humanos sobre México [The country under pressure. A debate on the role of international human rights scrutiny over Mexico], Mexico City: Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas, 2012.
  • Alejandro Anaya Muñoz, Autonomía indígena, gobernabilidad y legitimidad en México. La legalización de los “usos y costumbres” electorales en Oaxaca [Indigenous autonomy, gobernability and legitimacy in Mexico. The legalization of electoral “usos y costumbres” in Oaxaca], Mexico City: Universidad Iberoamericana and Plaza y Valdez, 2006.
  • Alejandro Anaya Muñoz, “Communicative interaction between Mexico and its international critics around the issue of military jurisdiction: ‘Rhetorical action’ or ‘truth seeking arguing’?” Journal of Human Rights, Vol. 13, No. 4, 2014, pp. 434-455.
  • Alejandro Anaya Muñoz, “Transnational and domestic processes in the definition of human rights policies in Mexico”, Human Rights Quarterly, Vol. 31, No. 1, 2009, pp. 35-58. 
  • Alejandro Anaya Muñoz, “Política exterior y derechos humanos durante el gobierno de Felipe Calderón” [“Foreign Policy and Human Rights in the Government of Felipe Calderon”], Foro Internacional, Vol. 53, Nos. 3-4, 2013, pp. 771-793.
  • Alejandro Anaya Muñoz and Olga Aikin, “Crisis de derechos humanos de las personas migrantes en tránsito por México: redes y presión transnacional”  [“Crisis of the human rights of migrants in transit through Mexico: networks and transnational pressure”], Foro Internacional, Vol. 53, No. 1, 2013, pp. 143-181.  

Awards, recognitions and grants:

  • Member of the National System of Researchers of Mexico's National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT) since 2005, level 2
  • Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars. Mexico Public Policy Scholar Grant. Woodrow Wilson Center-Mexican Council of Foreign Affairs (Summer of 2008 and Summer of 2012)
  • The British Council. Chevening Scholarship (1998-1999)

Courses taught:
  • Human Rights in International Relations
  • Human Rights in International and Domestic Politics
  • Introduction to International Relations
  • International Relations Theory
  • International Regimes
  • Research Seminar

We are excited to host Professor Anaya for the 2015-2016 school year, and we look forward to his contributions to both the University community and the field of human rights!