Marcia Esparza

Marcia Esparza

Marcia Esparza
Associate Professor
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PhD  -   University at Albany, SUNY
BA     -   Hunter College, CUNY


Dr. Marcia Esparza earned her baccalaureate (Summa Cum Laude) at Hunter College and her doctoral degree in Sociology at the University at Albany, SUNY. She has also undertaken human rights courses in France and Switzerland. Her research areas include state violence, genocide and collective memory-silence in the aftermath of mass killings. Her research experience includes her work for the United Nations’ sponsored Truth Commission in Guatemala. Dr. Esparza is the Founder of the Historical Memory Project, a forum for documenting state violence in Latin America, paying particular attention to human rights abuses against indigenous population in Latin America. 

Her  monograph, Silenced Communities: Legacies of and Resistance to Militarization and Militarism in Santo Tomás Chichicastenango, Guatemala explores the long-term footprints of war and genocide upon rural Indigenous communities impacted by the conditions of internal colonialism, which the army exploited to build its mass-based support (Berghahn Books, October 2017). Her second book , co-edited with historian Nina Schneider, is a critical  examination of transitional justice in Latin America (Lexigton Books). She is also the co-editor of  Remembering the Rescuers of Victims of Human Rights Crimes in Latin America. (NYC: Lexington Books, 2016) and State Violence and Genocide in Latin American: The Cold War Years (Routledge, 2009).

Dr. Esparza is the recipient of prestigious fellowships from the Ford Foundation (2010-2011) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (2011-2012).   As the founder and co-director of the Historical Memory Project, she continues to collect local archives recording war atrocities in the region. For further information, visit the Project's website,


Esparza, Marcia. Silenced Communities: Legacies Resistance to Militarization and Militarism in a Guatemalan Rural Town. (Bergham Books, October 2017)

Esparza, Marcia & Carla DeYcaza (Eds). 2016. Remembering the Rescuers of Victims of Human Rights Crimes in Latin America. (NYC: Lexington Books)

Schneider, Nina & Marcia Esparza (Eds). 2015. Transitional Justice and Legacies of State Violence in Latin America: A “Double-Edged Sword” Paradigm?” (NYC: Lexington Books)

Esparza, Marcia, Huttenbach Henry & Daniel Feierstein (Eds). 2010. State Violence and Genocide in Latin America: The Cold War Years. (London: Routledge)

Research interest

Historical Nemory and Silence; State Violence, Genocide and War in Latin America; Postcolonial and Genocide Studies; Military Sociology