About M. Gabriela
Torres' research focuses on the relationship between the state and gender based violence. Overarching themes in Torres' writings include the role of sexual violence in genocide, how state and institutional policy enable different forms of sexual violence, and how the harms of sexual violence are conceptualized cross-culturally. Torres serves as the Ombudsperson for Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault for the American Anthropological Association, a minority representative in the American Anthropological Association's Member's Programmatic Advisory and Advocacy Committee, and is past president of the New England Council on Latin American Studies.
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Proposes alternative reporting policies based on current research that will better support survivors.
Describes and analyzes the American Anthropological Association’s adoption of a sexual harassment and sexual assault policy as a part of the groundswell of recognition that sexual violence detrimentally shapes scientific inquiry, a recognition catalyzed by the #MeToo cultural moment.
Provides much needed scholarship to guide policymakers, practitioners, and activists as well as for researchers studying gender-based violence, marriage, and kinship, and the legal and public health concerns of women globally.
Traces the gender-based violence continuum that begins in a refugee's country of origin focusing on Guatemalan women. Suggests that we must pay careful attention to continuing forms of gender based violence that take place in transit and in the countries where refugees seek refuge.
Explores how political violence is imagined with women's bodies and suggests that such violence is always built on pre‐existing cultural practices. Argues that gender categorization is paramount to constructing a modern Guatemalan nation that all too often works to exclude women as knowing participants.
Provides a guide to the literature on state violence using the much studied case of Guatemala as a focal example. Presents competing concepts on the nature of violence, analyzes the different forms of state violence (genocide, political violence, and juridical violence). Suggests emerging trends in the literature of state violence that lead us to consider structural inequalities, the changing nature of the state, and the incorporation of new technologies of violent governance.
Examines a period of dictatorial rule in Guatemala, and the way in which the state expressed itself in terms of paternal love and family affection.
Examines, with leading scholars, marital rape as a global problem with documented health and policy consequences globally.
Explores how the usage of razor wiring in Guatemalan homes connects to a larger view about the relationship of outsiders to the home, and neoliberal reforms within the country.
Examines how photojournalists used photos of Guatemala's violence to craft aesthetic narratives, and to balance depicting atrocity with artistic considerations.
Finds the naturalization of gender-based violence over the course of the twentieth century maintained and promoted the systemic impunity that undergirds femicide today. Accounts for the gendered and historical dimensions of the cultural practices of violence and impunity. Offers a re-conceptualization of the social relations that perpetuate femicide as an expression of post-war violence.