Dr Marisol Reyes

Dr Marisol Reyes

Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology
Research Fellow
Research Leader Community Sponsorship Programme

Contact details

Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Marisol Reyes has been lecturer in international relations and Latin American studies in a number of universities in the United States, England and Mexico. Before joining academia she worked for six years in the Mexican government as a researcher of the international affairs department of the Federal Electoral Institute.

Her research has focussed on Latin American studies, citizen’s civic engagement, and migration. She has been a visiting scholar in the University of Minnesota, USA and Queen’s University Belfast, in Northern Ireland. In Birmingham her research includes projects which have focussed on newly arrived migrants, migrant women and health, and community building and social cohesion.

She is currently working as Research Fellow in the Institute for Research into Superdiversity at the University of Birmingham and leading on a formative evaluation of the Community Sponsorship Programme in UK directed by Professor Jenny Phillimore.


  • PhD Political Behaviour, Government Department, University of Essex, United Kingdom (2007)
  • Master Degree in Latin American Studies, Edmund A Walsh School of Foreign Policy, Georgetown University, United States (2003).
  • BA (Hons) International Relations (First Class) National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico (1991)



2017-2018 Intern in the Community Practinionaire Researcher Programme. Institute for Research into Superdiversity. Research project: ‘Impact of the maternity care charges by the NHS on migrant women

2017 Research Leader in the “Interconnected Birmingham Research” for the organisation Birmingham Partners. Sponsored by The Institute of Local Government Studies (INLOGOV) Birmingham University and Birmingham City University.

2016-2017 Research Assistant, Institute for Research into Superdiversity, School of Social Policy, University of Birmingham, UK, Research leader: Dr. Susanne Wessendorf. Project’s name: ‘Migration in a superdiverse context’.

Other activities

Volunteer in a support group for women at the Refugee Council Birmingham.
Volunteer in the Asylum Guides Programme, Brushstrokes-Refugee Action, Smethwick.
Member of Birmingham Partners.
Mentor in 1000 girls 1000 futures, Mexico (2018).
Electoral observer, European election in Belfast Northern Ireland, U.K (May 22th, 2014).
Electoral observer, Independence Referendum, Scotland, U.K (September 18th, 2014).
Counsellor at the Federal Electoral Institute, Civic Education Programmes, Queretaro, Mexico (2010-2012).
Intern in ‘London Citizens’ for the minimum wage project (2006).


Book Chapters

2010. El proceso de institucionalización de las izquierdas de Chile, Brasil y México: Un estudio comparado. In Las Revoluciones Necesarias en América Latina. Eds. Leetoy, S and Lemus, D.Guadalajara: Tecnologico de Monterrey, Campus Guadalajara.  ISBN: 9786075010250

2015. The significance of being a Mexican academic woman in rural Minnesota. In Women in Academia Crossing North–South Borders: Gender, Race, and Displacement. Eds. Barahona and Zarashiro, Z. Lexington Series, New York: Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN: 978-1-4985-1769-0

2017. The challenges of governing under adversity: Zedillo and Calderón. In Presidentialism and Democracy in Latin America. Eds. Alcántara, Manuel; Blondel, Jean and Thiebault, Jean-Luis. Routledge, Taylor & Francis, London.  ISBN: 978‐1‐138‐08207‐6

Journals and Articles

1995. Gobernabilidad y Elecciones en Yucatán. El Cotidiano, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, UAM-Xochimilco. October, Num. 72, 1995. ISSN: 0186-1840

2009 The challenge of doing research on voter turnout in Latin American transitional democracies, Retos Internacionales, ITESM-Campus Querétaro, Spring.

2011 The effect of electoral alliances on Mexican party institutionalization: A comparative study of local elections in Sinaloa, Puebla, and Oaxaca”. Retos Internacionales, ITESM-Campus Querétaro, Autum.

2014 Democracia Autoritara. Book review of Nuestra tragedia Persistente by Lorenzo Meyer, CONFINES, ITESM- Campus Monterrey, Autum. ISSN1870-3569 

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