Yuna Blajer de la Garza is a PhD candidate in the department. She has special interests in critical theory, legal theory, and the politics of race, as well as debates within comparative politics dealing with inclusion and political identities. Her research analyzes the meaning of “belonging” and inclusion within 21st century democratic societies. More specifically, she focuses on the relationship between formal citizenship and substantive belonging, and the ways in which citizens mobilize the legal framework of the state when they seek to delineate and police the boundaries of their affective communities. Her research explores the ramifications for political equality posed by incongruities between formal and affective belonging within contemporary democracies.

Born and raised in Mexico City, she received a BA in International Relations from El Colegio de México and an MA with honors in the Social Sciences from the University of Chicago, before joining the PhD program in Political Science.