Mónica G. Moreno Figueroa (Guadalajara, 1971) is a Black-mestiza woman, Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Fellow in Social Sciences at Downing College at the University of Cambridge. She co-leads the Decolonise Sociology Working Group and with Dr Ella McPherson she runs the End Everyday Racism project, a web-based platform to report and monitor racism in higher education.
From 2017-2021 she was the University Race Equality Co-Champion at Cambridge. Her research focuses on the intersectional lived experience of “race” and racism in Mexico and Latin America; antiracism and academic activism; feminist theory and the interconnections between beauty, emotions and racism. Mónica is an award-winning teacher and pioneering advocate of education as a form of social change. She has lectured at Newcastle, Princeton and Nottingham Universities, Goldsmiths and Birkbeck College, and El Colegio de Mexico.
Mónica’s latest research projects include: a project on blackness, representation and women’s economic trajectories in the Costa Chica in Mexico; a British Academy funded project on Institutional Racism in Oaxaca, Mexico; and a large ESRC funded research project, Latin American Anti-racism in a Post-Racial Age, LAPORA, on antiracist practices and discourses in Latin America comparing experiences in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador and Mexico (which she directed together with Prof Peter Wade). She has been Chair of the Ethnicity, Race and Indigenous People’s section of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA).
Since 2010 she has co-led, with Judith Bautista and Emiko Saldívar, the Collective for the Elimination of Racism in Mexico, COPERA, dedicated to making racism a public issue.