Ana Ballesteros Pena is a PhD candidate at the University of Barcelona (Spain). Her research examines female incarceration in the Spanish Penitentiary System with specific focus on the analysis of prison policies implemented over the past decade. Ana holds a BA in Political Science and Public Administration (Complutense University of Madrid), an Expert’s Degree in Evaluation of Programs and Politics (Complutense University of Madrid), an MA in Participatory Research for Local Development (Complutense University of Madrid) and an MA in Gender and Equal Opportunities, in the specialty of feminist and gender research (Jaume I University, Castellón).

Her research interests include punishment and social control, gender, prisons and migration control.

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