Sofía Ugarte

Sofía Ugarte

Portrait photo Sofía Ugarte

Sofía is a postdoctoral fellow and affiliated lecturer in social anthropology at the University of Cambridge. Her research explores how economic and political imaginaries are constructed in and through intimate subjectivities and gendered-racialized encounters. Central to her work are feminist theories of social reproduction and their convergence with anthropological debates about state-formation and economic practices in postcolonial contexts. For her PhD (University of Cambridge, 2020), Sofía conducted fieldwork with Haitian women in the city of Santiago, Chile, looking at how migrant women’s efforts to live and work in a new country reconfigured political and economic institutions underpinned by postcolonial hierarchies and neoliberal power dynamics. She is currently turning her PhD thesis into a book manuscript titled ‘States of Care: Affective Labor and Racism in Migrant Chile.’


Encounters and Displacements: Migrant Labor, Racism, and the State in Chile (ESRC-UKRI postdoctoral project)

Recent Publications

Caring for a Responsible Self: Migrant Motherhood and the Politics of Reproduction (accepted manuscript available upon request)

Skilling race. Affective labor and “white” pedagogies in the Chilean service economy.

Desired Formality: Labor Migration, Black Markets and the State in Chile

‘I Need to Work to Be Legal, I Need to Be Legal to Work’ Migrant Encounters, Haitian Women and the Chilean State (PhD diss.)

What if the Worst Happened? Life Insurance in London as a Two-faced Technology



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