Publications

Books:

Wolf, Sonja. Mano Dura: The Politics of Gang Control in El Salvador (Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, 2017). http://utpress.utexas.edu/index.php/books/wolf-mano-dura.

Journal articles:

Wolf, Sonja. “Migration Detention in Mexico: Accountability Limitations as a Factor for Human Rights Violations.” Revista de Investigación Social 10.17 (2015): 9-32.

Wolf, Sonja. “Creating Folk Devils: Street Gang Representations in El Salvador’s Print Media.” Journal of Human Security 8.2 (2012): 36-63.

Wolf, Sonja. “Mara Salvatrucha: The Most Dangerous Street Gang in the Americas?” Latin American Politics & Society 54.1 (2012): 65-99.

Wolf, Sonja. “El Salvador’s Pandilleros Calmados: The Challenges of Contesting Mano Dura through Peer Rehabilitation and Empowerment.” Bulletin of Latin American Research 31.2 (2012): 190-205.

Wolf, Sonja. “Living and Dying for the Crazy Life: Exploring Documentary Representations of the Central American Maras.” Revista Centroamericana de Ciencias Sociales 8.2 (2011): 23-52.

Wolf, Sonja. “La guerra de México contra el narcotráfico y la Iniciativa Mérida: piedras angulares en la búsqueda de legitimidad.” Foro Internacional 51.4 (2011): 669-714.

Wolf, Sonja. “El control de pandillas en la relación El Salvador-Estados Unidos.” Foreign Affairs Latinoamérica 9.4 (2009): 85-96.

Wolf, Sonja. “Subverting democracy: elite rule and the limits to political participation in post-war El Salvador.” Journal of Latin American Studies 41.3 (2009): 429-465.

Wolf, Sonja. “The Italian justice reforms: countering procedural delay?” Modern European Research 8 (2004): 15-28.

Wolf, Sonja. “Trial Within a Reasonable Time: The Recent Reforms of the Italian Justice System in Response to the Conflict with Article 6(1) of the ECHR.” European Public Law 9.2 (2003): 189-209.

Book chapters:

Wolf, Sonja. “Nuestra Familia.” Invited for inclusion in Robert D. Morgan, ed. The SAGE Encyclopedia of Criminal Psychology (Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE, forthcoming).

Wolf, Sonja. “Public Safety.” Invited for inclusion in Howard Tumber and Silvio Waisbord, eds. The Routledge Companion to Media and Human Rights (London: Routledge, 2017): 468-476.

Wolf, Sonja. “Las políticas de seguridad en México y el Triángulo Norte de Centroamérica: Militares, mano dura y treguas.” Invited for inclusion in Joaquín Mejía and Esteban Ramos, coords. Seguridad ciudadana y políticas públicas frente a la violencia: Compartiendo experiencias y visiones (Tegucigalpa: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras, 2016): 55-77.

Wolf, Sonja. “Migration Detention in Mexico: Human Rights Denied.” Invited for inclusion in Rich Furman, Douglas Epps, and Greg Lamphear, eds. Detaining the Immigrant Other: Global and Transnational Issues (New York: Oxford University Press, 2016): 67-78.

Wolf, Sonja. “Mexico’s Transmigrants: Between Los Zetas and the Iron Fist of the State.” Invited for inclusion in Rich Furman, Greg Lamphear, and Douglas Epps, eds. The Immigrant Other: Lived Experiences in a Transnational World (New York: Columbia University Press, 2016): 180-193.

Wolf, Sonja. “El Instituto Nacional de Migración de México: La gestión institucional como factor para la corrupción y el abuso migratorio.” Invited for inclusion in Werner Mackenbach and Günther Maihold, eds. Globalización, convivencia, migración. Perspectivas de Centroamérica y México (San José: Editorial Jade, 2016): 53-65.

Wolf, Sonja. “El Instituto Nacional de Migración: ¿Protector o Agresor de los Derechos de los Migrantes?” Invited for inclusion in Instituto de Derechos Humanos Ignacio Ellacuría, SJ, ed. Anuario de Derechos Humanos 2014 (Puebla: Universidad Iberoamericana, 2015): 123-133.

Wolf, Sonja. “The Maras: The Making of a Transnational Issue.” Invited for inclusion in Alissa R. Ackerman and Rich Furman, eds. The Criminalization of Immigration: Contexts and Consequences (Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2013): 175-191.

Wolf, Sonja. “Die Maras: En neues Gesicht der organisierten Kriminalität in Zentralamerika?” Invited for inclusion in Daniel Brombacher and Günther Maihold, eds. Gewalt, Organisierte Kriminalität und Staat in Lateinamerika (Opladen, Berlin and Toronto: Barbara Budrich Verlag, 2013): 145-165.

Wolf, Sonja. “El nexo entre las maras y el crimen organizado.” Invited for inclusion in Hans Mathieu and Catalina Niño Guarnizo, eds. Anuario 2012 de la Seguridad Regional en América Latina y el Caribe (Bogotá: Friedrich Ebert Foundation, 2012): 252-274.

Wolf, Sonja. “Street Gangs of El Salvador.” Invited for inclusion in Thomas Bruneau, Lucía Dammert, and Elizabeth Skinner, eds. Maras: Gang Violence and Security in Central America (Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, 2011): 43-69.

Wolf, Sonja. “Ethnographic encounters: civil society campaigns against El Salvador’s Mano Dura.” In Mauro Cerbino, ed. Más allá de las pandillas: violencias, juventudes y resistencias en el mundo globalizado. Vol. II (Quito: FLACSO, 2011): 61-96.

Review essays:

Wolf, Sonja. “Gangs, Drugs, and the State: Violence and Survival at the Margins of Latin America.” Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies 41.1 (2016): 114-128.

Wolf, Sonja. “Drugs, Violence and Corruption: Perspectives from Mexico and Central America.” Latin American Politics & Society 58.1 (2016): 146-155.

Wolf, Sonja. “Formal and Informal Security Governance in the Americas.” Latin American Research Review 50.3 (2015): 275-286.

Wolf, Sonja. “Central American Street Gangs: Their Role in Communities and Prisons.” European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies 96 (2014): 127-140.

Wolf, Sonja. “Criminal Networks in Mexico and Central America: Dynamics and Responses.” Latin American Politics & Society 55.3 (2013): 161-169.

Wolf, Sonja. “Central American Gang Violence: Foregrounding the Silences.” Journal of Human Security 8.1 (2012): 80-96.

Wolf, Sonja. “Peace without Justice: Violence, Marginality, and the Struggle to Build a New El Salvador.” Journal of Iberian and Latin American Research 17.1 (2011): 115-119.

Wolf, Sonja. “Maras transnacionales: Origins and Transformations of Central American Street Gangs.” Latin American Research Review 45.1 (2010): 256-265.

Book and film reviews:

Wolf, Sonja. “Chronicles of Everyday Lawlessness” (Book review of Óscar Martínez’s A History of Violence: Living and Dying in Central America, 2016). Current History (February 2017): 77-79.

Wolf, Sonja. Book review of Susan Bibler Coutin’s Exiled Home: Salvadoran Transnational Youth in the Aftermath of Violence (2016). International Migration Review (forthcoming).

Wolf, Sonja. Book review of Heidrun Zinecker’s Gewalt im Frieden: Formen und Ursachen der Gewaltkriminalität en Zentralamerika (2014). Journal of Latin American Studies 48.3 (2016): 639-640.

Wolf, Sonja. Book review of Deborah T. Levenson’s Adiós Niño: The Gangs of Guatemala City and the Politics of Death (2013). Bulletin of Latin American Research 34.3 (2015): 402-403.

Wolf, Sonja. Book review of Michael Deibert’s The Democratic Republic of Congo: Between Hope and Despair (2013). African Affairs 114.455 (2015): 318-320.

Wolf, Sonja. Book review of Jennifer L. Burrell and Ellen Moodie’s Central America in the New Millennium: Living Transition and Reimagining Democracy (2013). Journal of Latin American Studies 46.3 (2014): 620-622.

Wolf, Sonja. Book review of Jeremy Harding’s Border Vigils: Keeping Migrants Out of the Rich World (2012). Migration Studies 2.2 (2014): 281-282.

Wolf, Sonja. Book review of Lirio Gutiérrez Rivera’s Territories of Violence: State, Marginal Youth, and Public Security in Honduras (2013). Critical Reviews on Latin American Research 3.1 (2014): 37-39.

Wolf, Sonja. Book review of Héctor Tobar’s The Barbarian Nurseries (2011). Catedral Tomada 1.2 (2013): 83-87.

Wolf, Sonja. Book review of Julie Marie Bunck and Michael Ross Fowler’s Bribes, Bullets and Intimidation: Drug Trafficking and the Law in Central America (2012). European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies 95 (2013): 131-133.

Wolf, Sonja. “Mano Dura Policing: Feeding the Cycle of Gang Violence in the Americas.” Book review of Elana Zilberg’s Space of Detention: The Making of a Transnational Gang Crisis Between Los Angeles and San Salvador (2011). Current Anthropology 54.2 (2013): 242-243.

Wolf, Sonja. Book review of Robert J. Bunker, ed., Narcos Over the Border: Gangs, Cartels and Mercenaries (2010). Revista Centroamericana de Ciencias Sociales 9.1 (2012): 110-114.

Wolf, Sonja. Book review of Howard Campbell’s Drug War Zone: Frontline Dispatches from the Streets of El Paso and Juárez (2009). Journal of Latin American Studies 44.1 (2012): 224-226.

Wolf, Sonja. Book review of Ellen Moodie’s El Salvador in the Aftermath of Peace: Crime, Uncertainty, and the Transition to Democracy (2010). Journal of Latin American Studies 44.1 (2012): 211-214.

Wolf, Sonja. Film review of 15/03/09: La Última Ofensiva, Dir. José Luis Sanz and Juan Carrascal Ynigo (2009). Journal of Iberian and Latin American Research 16.2 (2010): 169-172.

Wolf, Sonja. Book review of Samuel Logan’s This is for the Mara Salvatrucha: Inside the MS-13, America’s Most Violent Gang (2009). Journal of Latin American Studies 42.3 (2010): 627-629.

Wolf, Sonja. Book review of Marco Lara Klahr’s Hoy te toca la muerte: el imperio de las Maras visto desde dentro (2006). Journal of Latin American Studies 41.4 (2009): 834-836.

Policy studies:

Wolf, Sonja (with María Dolores Paris, René Zenteno and Javier Treviño Rangel). Un análisis de los actores políticos y sociales en el diseño y la implementación de la política y la gestión migratoria en México. Tijuana: El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, 2016.

Wolf, Sonja, coord. Diagnóstico del Instituto Nacional de Migración: Hacia un Sistema de Rendición de Cuentas en pro de los Derechos de las Personas Migrantes en México. Mexico City: Insyde A.C., 2013, pp. 566. ISBN: 978-607-96198-5-5.

Wolf, Sonja, coord. Diagnóstico del Instituto Nacional de Migración: Hacia un Sistema de Rendición de Cuentas en pro de los Derechos de las Personas Migrantes en México (Resumen Ejecutivo). Mexico City: Insyde A.C., 2013, pp. 47. ISBN: 978-607-96198-4-8.

Wolf, Sonja, coord. An Assessment Study of the National Migration Institute: Towards an Accountability System for Migrant Rights in Mexico (Executive Summary). Mexico City: Insyde A.C., 2014, pp. 42. ISBN: 978-607-96198-6-2.

Wolf, Sonja. Propuesta para la prevención de la violencia juvenil en El Salvador. San Salvador: FESPAD Ediciones, 2007, pp. 171. ISBN 978-99923-45-34-4. Available at http://bit.ly/9DFA2P.

Other articles:

Wolf, Sonja. “Mano dura: el populismo ante el crimen y las pandillas.” Nexos, 27 February 2017. Available at http://seguridad.nexos.com.mx/?p=49.

Wolf, Sonja. “Políticas antipandillas para ganar elecciones.” El Faro, 16 February 2017. Available at http://elfaro.net/es/201702/ef_academico/20007/politicas-antipandillas-para-ganar-elecciones.htm.

Wolf, Sonja. “Migration and Asylum of Central Americans in the Trump Era.” Borderlands History Blog, 9 February 2017. Available at https://borderlandshistory.org/2017/02/09/migration-and-asylum-of-central-americans-in-the-trump-era/.

Wolf, Sonja. “The Enduring Appeal of Gang Suppression in El Salvador.” University of Texas Press Blog, 16 January 2017. Available at http://utpressnews.blogspot.mx/2017/01/in-1992-at-end-of-twelve-year-civil-war.html.

Wolf, Sonja. “¿Hay terroristas en El Salvador?” Distintas Latitudes. 6 September 2015. Available at http://www.distintaslatitudes.net/hay-terroristas-en-el-salvador.

Wolf, Sonja. “Los nuevos refugiados de Centroamérica.” Foreign Affairs Latinoamérica. 3 September 2015. Available at http://revistafal.com/los-nuevos-refugiados-de-centroamerica/.

Wolf, Sonja. “Forced Displacement in El Salvador: Street Gangs, Violence, and the Politics of Security – Part 2.” CDA Institute Blog: The Forum. 3 July 2015. Available at
https://www.cdainstitute.ca/en/blog/entry/forced-displacement-in-el-salvador-street-gangs-violence-and-the-politics-of-security-part-2.

Wolf, Sonja. “Forced Displacement in El Salvador: Street Gangs, Violence, and the Politics of Security – Part 1.” CDA Institute Blog: The Forum. 2 July 2015. Available at https://www.cdainstitute.ca/en/blog/entry/forced-displacement-in-el-salvador-street-gangs-violence-and-the-politics-of-security-part-1.

Wolf, Sonja. “Absent States, Stolen Lives: Forced Migration in the Americas.” Frontera List. 15 August 2014. Available at http://fronteralist.org/2014/08/15/absent-states-stolen-lives-forced-migration-in-the-americas/.

Wolf, Sonja. “Understanding and Countering Corruption and Migrant Abuse by Mexico’s National Migration Institute.” Upside Down World. 31 July 2014. Available at http://upsidedownworld.org/main/news-briefs-archives-68/4964-understanding-and-countering-corruption-and-migrant-abuse-by-mexicos-national-migration-institute.

Wolf, Sonja. “Derechos o represión: ¿Cuál es el verdadero rostro de la gestión migratoria en México?” Voces Ciudadanas No. 82. 21 July 2014. Available at http://www.iniciativaciudadana.org.mx/voces-ciudadanas/1721-voces-ciudadanas-82-derechos-o-represion-icual-es-el-verdadero-rostro-de-la-gestion-migratoria-en-mexico.html.

Wolf, Sonja. “El ambicioso Programa Especial de Migración 2014-2018.” Animal Político. 7 July 2014. Available at http://www.animalpolitico.com/blogueros-seguridad-180/2014/07/07/programa-especial-de-migracion-2014-2018-institucionalidad-y-recursos/#axzz36nV0HQ5b.

Wolf, Sonja. “The Security Agenda for El Salvador’s New President.” Security Sector Reform Resource Centre. 2 July 2014. Available at http://www.ssrresourcecentre.org/2014/07/02/the-security-agenda-for-el-salvadors-new-president/.

Wolf, Sonja. “¿Rescates de migrantes o intensificación del control migratorio?” Animal Político. 14 April 2014. Available at http://www.animalpolitico.com/blogueros-seguridad-180/2014/04/14/rescates-de-migrantes-o-intensificacion-del-control-migratorio/#axzz2yr9GjUOB.

Wolf, Sonja. “Mexico’s Conflicting Migration Policy Goals: National Security and Human Rights.” Sustainable Security. 11 April 2014. Available at http://sustainablesecurity.org/2014/04/11/mexicos-conflicting-migration-policy-goals-national-security-and-human-rights/.

Wolf, Sonja. “Migración con derechos humanos: una tarea pendiente para México.” Revista DFensor 12.1 (2014): 42-51. Available at http://dfensor.cdhdf.org.mx/DFensor_01_2014.pdf.

Wolf, Sonja. “El Instituto Nacional de Migración en México: entre el abuso y la opacidad.” Distintas Latitudes. 3 October 2013. Available at http://www.distintaslatitudes.net/el-instituto-nacional-de-migracion-en-mexico-entre-el-abuso-y-la-opacidad.

Wolf, Sonja. “Violencia, impunidad y la búsqueda por migrantes desaparecidos en México.” Distintas Latitudes. 27 November 2012. Available at http://www.distintaslatitudes.net/violencia-impunidad-y-la-busqueda-por-migrantes-desaparecidos-en-mexico.

Wolf, Sonja. “Prólogo.” Invited for inclusion in Luis Armando González. Violencia social, prevención de la violencia y escuela (San Salvador: Universidad Don Bosco, 2012): 3-12.

Wolf, Sonja. “El Salvador: Elecciones 2012 – el triunfo de la abstención y de la polarización.” Distintas Latitudes. 3 April 2012. Available at http://www.distintaslatitudes.net/el-salvador-elecciones-2012-el-triunfo-de-la-abstencion-y-de-la-polarizacion.

Wolf, Sonja. “La crisis carcelaria de América Latina: Comayagua, Apodaca y otras tragedias anunciadas.” Distintas Latitudes. 6 March 2012. Available at http://www.distintaslatitudes.net/la-crisis-carcelaria-de-america-latina-comayagua-apodaca-y-otras-tragedias-anunciadas.

Wolf, Sonja. “Policing Crime in El Salvador.” NACLA Report on the Americas 45.1 (Spring 2012): 43-54.

Wolf, Sonja. “El Salvador: debatiendo el papel de los militares en la seguridad pública.” Distintas Latitudes. 30 January 2012. Available at http://www.distintaslatitudes.net/el-salvador-debatiendo-el-papel-de-los-militares-en-la-seguridad-publica.

Wolf, Sonja. “The Maras – an escalating problem in El Salvador.” Latin America Bureau. 25 January 2012. Available at http://www.lab.org.uk.

Wolf, Sonja. “Pandillas en El Salvador. El caso de La Iberia, ¿un modelo exitoso de prevención?” Distintas Latitudes. 20 December 2011. Available at http://www.distintaslatitudes.net/pandillas-en-el-salvador-el-caso-de-la-iberia-un-modelo-exitoso-de-prevencion.

Wolf, Sonja. “Homies desafían mano dura contra pandillas.” Plaza Pública. 28 September 2011. Available at http://plazapublica.com.gt/content/homies-desafian-mano-dura-contra-pandillas.

Wolf, Sonja. “Mano Dura: Gang Suppression in El Salvador.” Sustainable Security. March 2011. Available at http://sustainablesecurity.org/2011/03/01/mano-dura-gang-suppression-in-el-salvador/.

Wolf, Sonja. “Public Security Challenges for El Salvador’s First Leftist Government.” NACLA Report on the Americas. 7 July 2010. Available at https://nacla.org/node/6650.

Wolf, Sonja. “El control de pandillas en la relación El Salvador-Estados Unidos.” Contrapunto. 11 November 2009. Available at http://www.contrapunto.com.sv.

Wolf, Sonja. “El autoritarismo electoral en El Salvador.” Contrapunto. 31 August 2009. Available at http://www.contrapunto.com.sv.

Wolf, Sonja. “El control de pandillas en El Salvador.” El Faro. 10 December 2008. Available at http://www.elfaro.net/secciones/academico/20081208/academico1.asp.

Wolf, Sonja. “Las ‘maras’ vistas por Isabel Muñoz.” El Faro. 27 October 2008. Available at http://www.elfaro.net/secciones/el_agora/20081027/ElAgora1_20081027.asp.

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