Ana Velasco is a research associate at the Institute for Intercultural and International Studies (InIIS) at the University of Bremen. Her doctoral research project examines state formation in settler colonial contexts through the exercise of political violence towards Indigenous communities.
Before joining InIIS, Velasco was a visiting researcher at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. As a continuation of her MA dissertation, her project explored the relation between gender/sexuality, and colonization and genocides. She holds a master's degree in Gender, Violence and Conflict from the University of Sussex in the UK and another in International Law from the University of Granada in Spain. She is a graduate of International Relations from the Instituto Tecnológico Autonómo de México (ITAM).
In parallel, Velasco works as a security consultant. Her area of expertise is the Women, Peace and Security agenda in Latin America. She is an international fellow of the American NGO Women In International Security (WIIS) since 2020.In 2022, she co-founded Internacional Feminista, a platform to promote critical, multilingual dialogues about feminism, foreign policy, international security, and diplomacy in Mexico and Latin America.