José Manuel Mejia Villena

Jose Manuel Mejia
Graduate Student


Historical political sociology, contentious politics, antimining struggles, Andean and Latin American politics, Marxism, indigenous socialism.


B.A. Political Science, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos – Peru

M.A. Political Sociology, Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales, Ecuador

M.A. (c) Latin American Studies, Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar, Ecuador


He began his studies in political science at the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (Peru), where he was able to get closer to the student’s field of contention, as well as later co-founding the Revista Andina de Estudios Políticos (ISSN: 2221-4135) and the Instituto de Estudios Políticos Andinos (IEPA). His interest in the historical political sociology of Charles Tilly led him to the construction and analysis of protest event catalogues, publishing in 2015 his first co-authored peer reviewed paper entitled: "Rethinking the fragmentation of Peruvian post-transition transgressive contentious politics, 2001-2003". He would migrate to Ecuador in 2016 to study the M.A. in political sociology at FLACSO Ecuador thanks to a scholarship for international students. His first master's thesis built a theory on the scale shift of anti-mining struggles in Cajamarca (Peru), tracing the social mechanisms present in the contentious campaign for the defense of water. In 2019 he received a second international scholarship to study the M.A. in Latin American Studies at UASB-Ecuador. His second master's thesis, soon to be published, introduces the categories of imperialism and peasantry in his analysis of the antimining struggles in Cajamarca, paving the way for the integration of Marxism and historical political sociology in his further research.
His involvement into the current processes of political struggle in the Andes led him to focus his research on the antisystemic effects of antimining struggles over the reproduction mechanisms of mining capital, as well as on the imperialist structure of domination in the Andes, considering the international mining bourgeoisie as one of the central fractions of the transnational capitalist class.