Ailynn Torres Santana

Ailynn completed her PhD in Social Sciences with a major in History at the Latinamerican Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO Ecuador, 2017). She originally studied Psychology and Communications in Havana, Cuba, and was a researcher at the Cuban Institute of Cultural Research “Juan Marinello” from 2006 to 2019. She also worked as a guest professor at the University of Havana (2006–2012), FLACSO Ecuador (2016–2018), the University of Barcelona (2015, 2018), and the University of Massachusetts (2018). Her research topics are feminism, Gender Studies, as well as inequalities and citizenship in Latin America. She has published articles in a variety of journals and contributed chapters to several books. She is member of the Editorial Board of the journal Cuban Studies (Harvard University), the Friedrich Ebert Foundation’s regional project “The Future Is Feminist”, and the global project „Feminist Visions of the Future of Work”. She also works with academic working groups of the Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO) and FLACSO, among other professional networks. Ailynn is currently a post-doc researcher based at the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO), Ecuador.

Latin America within the Global Authoritarian and Conservative Tide: A Feminist Lens

We face a regressive moment for rights and their guarantees worldwide, due to the universalization of authoritarian and conservative agendas and practices. Latin America is no exception to this phenomenon. That process is having specific negative consequences on women, primarily through reforms to labour and social policy; setbacks in the legalization or protection of sexual and reproductive rights; an increase in political violence; a lack of state commitment to gender institutionality; and displacements of communities due to extractive policies. Moreover, religious fundamentalist groups are expanding their impact on common sense and political institutions, and installing an anti-gender agenda. The context described is resisted by women’s organizations, which are gaining public presence, reclaiming historical demands for equality, and identifying new political urgencies and forms of militancy. The project proposes a regional and globally connected analysis of three fields: government measures, religious fundamentalisms, and feminist responses.


Torres Santana, Ailynn (2020) “Zonas de conflictos: América Latina en pospandemia”. Instituto de Estudios Culturales y Cambio Social. Available in: 

Torres Santana, Ailynn (2020) “Pensar los cuidados en medio de la gran pandemia. Entrevista a Juliana Martínez Franzoni”. NUSO. Available in: 

Torres Santana, Ailynn (2020) “La seguridad de las mujeres frente a la Covid-19: Nudos críticos para América Latina”. Available in:: 

Torres Santana, Ailynn (2020) “The pandemic does not discriminate; inequalities do: women cushioning the crisis”. Available in:

Torres Santana, Ailynn and María José Espinosa (2020) “Cuban Policies to Confront the Covid-19 Pandemic”. Available in:

Torres Santana, Ailynn (2020) “Regímenes de bienestar en Cuba: mujeres y desigualdades”, en Cuban Studies, University of Pittsburgh Press, No.49.

Torres Santana, Ailynn (2020) “América Latina: alerta feminista”. Sin Permiso, 17, Bárcelona, pp. 161-192. 

All Publications from Ailynn Torres:

  • Latin America in a Pandemic: Rights, Authoritarianism, and Conservatism

    The COVID-19 pandemic began to unfold as a global drama in early 2020. Since then, international organizations have urged governments to protect both the rights of their citizens and human life. In (geo)political terms, the long-term outcomes remain uncertain. Some claim that dispossession and authoritarianism will be reinforced. Others state that capitalism as we know it will not recover, and there will be clearer openings to allow for more democratic and just social and economic forms.

  • Latin American Neoconservatisms and Antifeminism: Freedom, Family, and Life

    In Latin America, the re-neoliberalization of political and economic systems has intensified an ongoing process of de-democratization, strengthening the onslaught by neoconservative religious and secular groups, which have been growing more powerful since around 2013. These two processes—re-neoliberalization and the growth of neoconservatisms—are connected.