Rachel Sieder has held the post of Senior Research Professor at the Center for Research and Graduate Studies in Social Anthropology (CIESAS) in Mexico City since 2007. She is associate senior researcher at the Chr. Michelsen Institute in Bergen, Norway, honorary senior research fellow at the Institute of the Americas, UCL, and associate fellow at the Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London. She has an MA in Latin American Studies and a PhD in Politics from the University of London. Her research interests include: human rights, indigenous rights, social movements, indigenous law, legal anthropology, the state and violence.
Amongst her most recent books are: ed. with María Teresa Sierra and Rosalva Aída Hernández, Justicias Indígenas y Estado: Violencias Contemporáneas, FLACSO/CIESAS, México (2013); ed. with John-Andrew McNeish, Gender Justice and Legal Pluralities: Latin American and African Perspectives, Routledge-Cavendish (2012), published in Spanish as Justicia de género y pluralidades legales: Perspectivas latinoamericanas y africanas (CIESAS 2014); ed. with Line Schjolden and Alan Angell, La Judicialización de la Política en América Latina, CIESAS, México/ Editorial Universidad Externado de Colombia (2011); with Carlos Y. Flores, Dos Justicias: Coordinación interlegal e intercultural en Guatemala, Guatemala: F&G Editores-Casa Comal-UAEM (2012) and Autoridad, autonomía y derecho indígena en la Guatemala de posguerra, Guatemala: F&G Editores-Casa Comal-UAEM (2011); ed. with Javier Couso and Alex Huneeus, Cultures of Legality: Judicialization and Political Activism in Latin America, Cambridge University Press (2010).
She currently heads a collective research project on “Indigenous Women in Latin America: Access to Justice and Security”, part of a research collaboration between CIESAS and the Chr.Michelsen Institute. She is a member of the international editorial boards of the Journal of Latin American Studies (JLAS) and Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies (LACES).