Ana Ballesteros Pena is a Marie Sklodowska- Curie Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies, University of Toronto, Canada & ECRIM Research Group, Faculty of Law, University of A Coruña, Spain). Her current research analyzes immigration detention in Canada and Spain. She also holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Barcelona in Spain. Her PhD research examined 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). She is associate Researcher to the research team on Rights, Policy and Justice, RG2: Citizenship, Work and Technology, CICS.NOVA, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa (FCSH-UNOVA).

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punishment and social control, gender, migration control, prisons and immigration detention, critical and feminist criminology

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