Email: mjeranko at live.unc.edu
Area of Interest:
Anthropology of Latin America (Ecuador), gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, feminist ethnography, participatory action research, disaster anthropology, gender-based violence, critical development studies
MA Latin American Studies, University of Florida, Gainesville, 2017
Certificate of Gender and Development Studies, University of Florida, Gainesville, 2017
BA Sociology and Languages, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2015
Research and Activities
Originally from Slovenia, I came to UNC in Fall 2017 after completing a MA in Latin America Studies (UF) to explore ways in which gender, class, ethno-race and gender-based violence interact with the changing physical and socio-political landscapes in Latin America, specifically in Ecuador. My current work focuses on the social reconstruction processes and gender relations among people on coastal Ecuador, a region that was devastated by the April 16, 2016 earthquake. In collaboration with local organizations, and utilizing participatory actions methods, I look at how post-disaster housing initiatives impact long-term reconstruction processes, particularly with relation to changing gender relations on the household and community levels in the province of Manabí, a region recognized for its fishing-related activities, gastronomy and oral traditions. I am also interested in design and methods of research in Latin American Studies, specifically, how we can apply feminist decolonial methodologies to carry out collaborative and context-sensitive research, learn from different socio-cultural worlds and forge transnational bonds of solidarity.
I also co-cordinate a working group Exploring Wellbeing: Human-environment relations in indigenous and Afro-descendant communities funded by The Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University.
“Post Earthquake Well-being, Gender and Assets in Coastal Ecuador.” Paper at the Annual Conference of the Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, February 22, 2019 (organizer).
2018 “Gender, Race and Fishing in the Post-Earthquake Coastal Ecuador.” Paper Presented at the American Anthropology Association in San Jose, California. November 15, 2018.
2018 “Ingredients for Building Transnational Feminist Solidarity: Kitchenspaces and Community-Based Research in the Post-Earthquake Coastal Ecuador.« Paper Presented at the Feminism Here and Now: Continuities and Contraditions Conference, UNC Chapel Hill. December 1, 2018.
2018 “A View from the Kitchen Window: Gender and Kitchenspaces in the Post-Earthquake Coastal Ecuador.” Paper Presented at the Food Studies Conference at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Chapel Hill, North Carolina, October 6, 2018.
2018 “Gender-Based Violence and Intersectionality in Ecuador.” Paper Presented at the Annual Conference of the Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, February 16.
2017 “Mujeres que denuncian: Los factores socioculturales, económicas y legales asociadas a la violencia de género en el Ecuador.” Invited Presentation at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador, Facultad de Jurisprudencia, Quito, Ecuador, May 17.
2017 “Multi-Scale Approaches to Addressing Gender-Based Violence in Ecuador.” Paper Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies (SECOLAS), Chapel Hill, North Carolina, March 24, 2017.
2017 “’Pero el sistema también maltrata a las mujeres’: Responses to gender-based violence in Ecuador.” Paper Presented at the Annual Meeting Thinking Gender, Imagining Reparations, Los Angeles, California, February 10, 2017.
2017 “Sistematización de la información de los/las usuarias del Servicio de Atención a Víctimas de CEPAM” Invited Presentation at the Centro Ecuatoriano para la Promoción y Acción de la Mujer (CEPAM), Quito, Ecuador, May 22, 2017. (Invited Talk)
2017 “Sto Obrazov Nasilja [One Hundred Faces of Violence],” Invited presentation at Radio Študent, Ljubjana, Slovenia, August 19. Available here: https://radiostudent.si/dru%C5%BEba/sektor-%C5%BE/sto-obrazov-nasilja (in Slovenian)