Morna Macleod has an M.A. and PhD. in Latin American Studies from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Mexico City. Since 2012 she is a researcher and lecturer at the State Autonomous University of Morelos (UAEM); she works in the postgraduate department in Social Sciences in Cuautla and contributes to the postgraduate department in humanities in Chamilpa, Cuernavaca. She is a member of Mexico’s National Researchers’ System (SNI) (as of 2018 SNI II).
Before becoming involved full-time in academia, she worked for many years in human rights, research, international aid agencies and as an independent consultant.
In these different arenas she has fostered collaborative and horizontal research and evaluation methods, working iteratively between social practices and academic theorising. She has combined principals of Freirean popular education methodology to her academic research. She has studied issues of multiple, multifaceted violence and resistance, particularly with Mayan women from Guatemala. Inspired by intersectionality, cultural and decolonial studies, she has also delved into indigenous epistemologies and other ways of knowing.
As from 2015 she has returned to issues of violence and human rights, this time on Mexico both in teaching and research.