Marina Alamo Bryan

Marina Alamo Bryan

Research Concentrations

Representations of Violence, Narcocapitalism, Sovereignty and Violence, Anthropology of Death, Anthropology of the State


Latin America; Mexico


Marina Alamo Bryan’s research attempts to understand what it means to find a murdered body in Mexico today, and what it means for it to become evidence. Building on anthropological scholarship on bureaucracy and forensic evidence, her doctoral dissertation project examines the encounters of communities searching for the disappeared and state authorities. Through an exploration of existing regimes of justice and their evidentiary practices, she interrogates how bodies in the ground are translated into terms legible to the law, and how their existence as evidence is transferred to documents and forms of representation within archives. Thus, her project looks at social processes of public truth production by bringing into conversation forensic and humanitarian exhumations, alongside recent critical perspectives on bureaucracy, bearing in mind longstanding approaches to the anthropology of death and the anthropology of the state, to address how dead bodies become evidence and how truth claims circulate around and through them.


University of Melbourne, Australia, MA in Creative Writing, Publishing, and Editing
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, BA in History