Mariana Rios

  • PhD Researcher
  • Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences Program group Anthropology of Health, Care and the Body

Mariana has a BSc in biology from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and an MA in medical anthropology from the University of Amsterdam. Her previous research focused on childbirth, masculinity and engaged fatherhood in Mexico City. She has participated in numerous sexual and reproductive health advocacy and research projects – with a particular focus on the provision of legal abortion services in Mexico City – as well as in a project coordinated by the University of Manchester and carried out in Brazil, Colombia and Mexico that explored the intersections between notions of race, nation and genomic science in Latin America.


As part of the Chemical Youth project, Mariana is studying how young people in France integrate understandings of endocrine disrupting chemicals into daily practice and political action. She is also interested in issues concerning the co-construction of knowledge with research participants and the crafting of ethnographic insights through different media (including web documentaries, photography and sound archives) to make them available to audiences beyond academia.

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López Beltrán, C., García Deister, V., & Rios Sandoval, M. (2014). Negotiating the Mexican Mestizo: on the Possibility of a National Genomics. Mestizo Genomes: Race Mixture, Science and Nation in Latin America.

Rios Sandoval, M. (2014). Practicing Engaged Fatherhood. Essays and Reflections from an Amsterdam Graduate Programme, 135.

Rios Sandoval, M. (2009). Behind the Scenes: Reflecting on Cross-gender Interview Dynamics in Mexico City. Anthropology Matters, 11(1).