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Julio is interested in mental health, psychiatry, and care. His project focuses on psychiatry, the state, and the current community mental health reform in Peru. Julio studies how the community mental health model is translated and executed by psychiatrists. This model can also be conceptualized as an extension of the state and psychiatric power. At the same time, he wants to explore how this reform generates and mobilizes new fears/anxieties and forms of compliance/resistance within the population.

Areas of Interest

Mental health and illness, psychiatry, community mental health, care, the body, race, masculinities, consumption & media, Peru.


M.A., Latin American Studies, University of Florida, 2018.

Professional License, Sociology, Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (PUCP), 2013.

B.A., Sociology, Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (PUCP), 2011.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

2020    Vargas, N., Villa-Palomino, J. & Davis, E. Latinx Faculty Representation and Resource Allocation at Hispanic Serving Institutions. Race, Ethnicity and Education, 23(1), 39–54.

2019    Vargas, N., & Villa-Palomino, J. Racing to Serve or Race-ing for Money? Hispanic-serving Institutions and the Colorblind Allocation of Racialized Federal Funding. Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, 5(3), 401–415.

2015    Villa, J. Body, masculinity, and style in the upper-class youth of Lima. Debates en Sociologia, 40, pp. 61-91.

Editied Volumes

2017    Kogan, L; Perez-Recalde, G; & Villa-Palomino, J. (eds.). El Peru desde el cine: plano contra plano. [Peru through cinema: a close-up shot.] Lima: Universidad del Pacifico.

Book Chapters

2015    Villa, J. Carelessness: An art form. Male beauty among young men in Lima’s higher income segments. In: Kogan, Liuba (ed.) Beauty, muscle, and pain. Body ethnographies in Lima. Lima: Universidad del Pacifico.


2019    “In and out of place: families and communities facing the proximity of mental illness in Lima, Peru”. North Carolina Conference on Latin American Studies. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, United States.

2018    “Learning to care: narratives of male caregivers of people diagnosed with schizophrenia in Lima, Peru”. XXXVI International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association. Barcelona, Spain.

2017    “Male caregivers of relatives diagnosed with schizophrenia: styles of care, challenges and strategies”. First National Conference of Masculinities. Lima, Peru.

2017    “Understanding Gender Based Violence in Peru: determinants and perceptions”. 6th Annual Graduate Student Conference of The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS). Indiana University, Bloomington.

2014    “Beauty, whiteness and power: Peruvian youth and labor market inclusion.” Fourth Global Conference – Beauty: Exploring Critical Issues, Oxford, United Kingdom.

2013    “Towards a consumption decision model in Lima: Young people and consumption rationales in a new Peru.” (with Liuba Kogan and Matthew Bird). Research for inclusive growth and development. First Annual Conference of the Consortium of Universities. Lima, Peru.