Encarnación Gutiérrez Rodríguez is Professor of Sociology with a focus on Culture and Migration at the University of Frankfurt am Main and she is Principle Investigator of the research project "Human Rights Discourses in Political Protests by Refugees and Undocumented Migrants in Germany and in the USA" which is part of the interdisciplinary research group "Human Rights Discourse in Migration Societies" (MeDiMi).
Encarnación Gutiérrez Rodríguez studied Sociology, Political Sciences and Romance Studies (Francophone and Latin American Studies) at the University of Frankfurt, Germany, Université Lumière II, Lyon and Quito, Ecuador. Previous to her appointment in Frankfurt am Main she held a Chair in Sociology at the University of Giessen and was a Senior Lecturer in Transcultural Studies in the Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies Department at the University of Manchester, UK and an Assistant Professor (wissenschaftliche Assistentin) in Sociology in the Institute of Sociology at the University of Hamburg. She also worked as a research coordinator and lecturer at the International Women's University (IFU) in Hanover, Germany. Further, she has been also invited to conduct master’s classes in other universities in Germany, the United States, Brazil, Sweden, Finland, Switzerland, Austria, Australia, Spain and Trinidad & Tobago.
Her teaching and research engage with questions of global inequalities and their local articulation particularly in Germany, Spain and the UK. Further, she is interested in post/Marxist and decolonial perspectives on feminist and queer epistemology and their application to the field of migration, labour and culture. Her current work is on affective labour/materialities, institutional racism, racial capitalism and the coloniality of migration.
Currently, she is the Chair of the Section of Women and Gender Studies in the German Sociology Association, member of the Rat für Migration (Council of Migration) and the ESA (European Sociology Association) Academic Board of RN32 ‘Sociology of Migration’. Further, she is a Principal Investigator at the Graduate School of the Study of Culture (GCSC), Justus-Liebig-University, a member of the advisory board of Wagadu, a journal of transnational Women and Gender Studies, and the Research Network Migration and Human Rights.