Renato de Almeida Arão Galhardi

Renato de Almeida Arão Galhardi

23 October 2023

Renato is a Brazilian sociologist and current PhD candidate in Social and Political Sciences from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, where he researches the phenomenography of migration experiences through the lived experiences of deported Mexican men in Tijuana. He is interested in migration theory building and transdisciplinary migration knowledge production, by “thinking through the body”, with an emphasis in the undocumented condition and borderland experiences of Mexican deportees. He is currently a fellow of Mexico’s National Council for the Humanities, Sciences and Technologies (CONAHCYT). 

Renato holds a Masters in Social Sciences from the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO), Mexico and is also accredited as an International Migration Specialist from the Colegio de la Frontera Norte

You can read his latest publications here and find out more about him here.

Recently, in 2023 Renato was the recipient of the Universidad Iberoamericana’s mobility grant, in addition to the Latin American Studies Association Travel Grant 2023. In 2022, he was granted an American Sociological Association Student Travel Award. 

Renato is a member of the Working Group “Estudios críticos en materpaternidades”, with the Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO) for the period 2023-2025. He is a standing committee member of International Migration Research Network “Reflexivities in Migration Studies” since 2023, and collaborator in the Chair of Studies of the Americas with the National Autonomous University of Mexico and the University of Montreal since 2022.

Concurrently, he holds an active membership with the Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO), the International Migration Research Network (IMISCOE), the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) as well as the American Sociological Association (ASA). 


Renato was born in Brasília, Brazil and grew up in England, France and Switzerland before heading to San Francisco to train as a sociologist. He currently resides in Mexico City, with his life-partner and his black cat, Balzac.

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