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Tania Islas Weinstein

Ph.D. candidate in political science, University of Chicago

Residency: September 2016 – June 2017
Past Residency:
January – June 2016

Research Project: Common Sense, Uncommon Worlds: The Politics of Art and Representation in Contemporary Mexico

Research Interests: democratic theory, aesthetic theory, state- and nation-formation, neoliberalism and cultural policy


Tania Islas Weinstein is a doctoral candidate in political science at the University of Chicago. She earned her B.A. in political science and international relations at the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas, where she began to address questions related to democratic participation, nationalism, ideology and the role of the state in artistic production.

As a Ph.D. candidate, Islas Weinstein has continued to study the congruities and tensions between art, aesthetics and politics. Specifically, she analyzes the transformations Mexico’s art world and political role have undergone in the last 15 years. Her research project examines how cultural politics and forms of visual representation change in a context where neoliberal ideologies increasingly organize lifeworlds, plus what these changes allude to about the meanings and forms of democracy in post-autocratic contexts.