Dr. Alejandra Armesto, a research professor for the Mexico-based Latin American Social Sciences Institute (FLACSO), will discuss “Community Responses to Drug-Related Violence in Mexico” at 3:30 p.m. Monday, May 2 in the Kremen Education Building, Room 170.

The presentation is for the Latin American Speaker Series, presented by the Department of Chicano and Latin American Studies at Fresno State.

Armesto, a native of Argentina, holds a Ph.D. and a master’s in political science from the University of Notre Dame, as well as a master’s degree in social sciences from FLACSO in Mexico. She is the coordinator of the doctorate program in social sciences at the institute.

Her master’s thesis in FLACSO Mexico received the award for best graduate thesis from the Mexican Academy of Sciences and her doctoral dissertation received the prize for best field work from the American Political Science Association.

Her research addresses issues of criminal violence, political economy and subnational political in Mexico.

“Dr. Armesto has done some really interesting work with the victims of crimes in some of the more violent areas of Mexico, and has data from an original survey she implanted there last year,” said Dr. Annabella España-Nájera, assistant professor in Fresno State’s Department of Chicano and Latin American Studies. “She will also be talking more generally about the causes and implications of the drug war in Mexico.”

The event is co-sponsored by the Department of Criminology and the World Cultures and Globalization Cohort.

For more information, contact España-Nájera at 559.278.3020 or aespanajera@csufresno.edu.