On 13 September 2019, Paulina Trejo Mendez successfully defended her PhD thesis on 'Politics of Knowledge: weaving stories of dehumanization, erasure and resistance in the highlands of Chiapas'. She received a distinction for her PhD thesis and graduated Cum Laude.
Her study explored how two forms of violence intertwine: epistemicide (erasure of ways of knowing) and feminicide (erasure of racialized-genderedfeminized bodies). Contributing to feminist theorizing on gender, place and the body, it builds bridges amongst different feminist theories – from black feminism, post-development to coloniality of gender. She also investigated the issues of body and gender violence into the ongoing critical analysis of modernity/coloniality by feminist, decolonial and post development scholars.