Sonja Wolf, Ph.D.

Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas

Country: Mexico

About Me:

Sonja Wolf is a CONACYT Research Fellow with the Drug Policy Program at the Center for Economic Research and Teaching (CIDE), Mexico. Previously, she held research positions at the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM), the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), and the Mexico City-based Institute for Security and Democracy (INSYDE). Her research focuses on violence, street gangs, migration and displacement as well as security policy and drug policy. She has published in the Journal of Latin American Studies and Latin American Politics and Society. Her book Mano Dura: The Politics of Gang Control in El Salvador has been published by the University of Texas Press (2017). Sonja Wolf holds a PhD in International Politics (Aberystwyth University, 2008), an MSc in International Politics (School of Oriental and African Studies, 2003), and a BA in Modern European Studies (University College London, 2002).

Research Interests

Latin American And Caribbean Politics


Human Rights


Crime Politics

Immigration & Citizenship

Street Gangs

Forced Displacement

Police Violence

Security Policy

Countries of Interest

El Salvador