Carolina Angel Botero

CLALS Postdoctoral Fellow (2023-2025 )

Carolina Angel Botero is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Center for Latin American and Latinx Studies for 2023-2024. She has a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the Universidad de Los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia) and a MA in Anthropology from the New School for Social Research. Her research interests lie in Anthropology and Law, focusing on transitional justice. For her doctoral dissertation, she conducted an ethnography on the practices of scientists during the Colombian government's peace treaty with the FARC guerrilla in 2016. Her current research aims to bridge law, science, and anthropology, focusing on natural sciences' definitions and approximations of nature. During her fellowship, Carolina will continue to explore issues of dispossession and territorial and ecological justice, which are central to the debates in Latin America. Recent developments in Latin American legislation on the rights of nature have led to new questions on the political capacity of "nature" to gain subjecthood, legal standing, and citizenship rights. Her research will study the collaboration between judges, scientists, and local communities with other-than-human beings in creating multispecies environmental justice arguments and efforts. The project's primary objective is to answer questions regarding territorial defense through nature-human alliances.


September, 2023 to August, 2025