Camila Maria Belliard - OUIL Graduate Assistant
Camila María Belliard is a feminist, antiracist and decolonial researcher with a background in social anthropology. Her professional experience has centered on marginalized women and black communities in South America and the Caribbean from the perspective of transnational gender and sexuality studies grounded in the social sciences and the humanities.
She was awarded an International Fulbright Scholar Fellowship and is a Ph.D. candidate in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Rutgers-New Brunswick. Camila started her Gender Studies research at the University of Chile, working on various research projects focusing on rural women’s genealogies and heritage and health. In 2013 she joined a research project around anti-black racism against migrants in Chile, where she researched the intersections of gender, sexuality, and race in the experience of black Caribbean migrants. Her work substantively contributed to the study of processes of racialization between Chileans and the Afro-Caribbean immigrant communities.
In the Dominican Republic, her work has included research and intervention in the areas of gender, education, and development, health in marginalized black and migrant communities, and Dominican-Haitian heritage, sexual reproductive rights, amongst others. Her dissertation follows the life histories of Trans and Black women and their experiences of gendered and racial violence in the southeastern cane sugar and tourist provinces of San Pedro de Macoris and La Romana.
In addition to her dissertation work, she has continued to collaborate with academic and nonprofit institutions in the DR such as OBMICA, CEG-INTEC, INSALUD and UNICEF.