Cristina Fernández-Bessa

Ana Ballesteros Pena is a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies, University of Toronto (Canada) and the Faculty of Law, University of A Coruña (Spain). Her current research analyzes immigration detention systems in Canada and Spain, specifically focusing on the post-detention period and the alternatives to detention. Her PhD (2017, University of Barcelona, Spain) examined female incarceration in the Spanish penitentiary system with a particular attention to gender equality policies and new prison programs. She is member of Border Criminologies international network and Associate Researcher to the research team on Rights, Policy and Justice, RG2: Citizenship, Work and Technology, CICS.NOVA, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa (FCSH-UNOVA). She has published in Punishment and Society and Critical Criminology,, among others. Her research interests are punishment and social control; gender, migration and border control; prisons and immigration detention.

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