Elis Mendoza

PhD Candidate, History and Theory of Architecture, Princeton SoA
M.A. in Critical, Curatorial and Conceptual Practices in Architecture


Elis Mendoza is a doctoral candidate in architecture history and theory. Her dissertation traces a history of architecture experimentation within the incipient humanitarian government of the 1970s —that runs parallel to well-established architectural histories of development and technology, and that became central in the conceptualization of today’s modern refugee and internally displaced people.


She works in the intersection between built space, technology, and human rights with a special focus in post-conflict cities. She has presented her research at the Guatemalan Court for Vulnerable Victims in 2016, she has developed research on the criminal negligence of rapacious post-disaster building practices in Mexico City after the 1985 and 2017 earthquakes, and is currently conducting research for the Executive Commission for Victims in Mexico.


Elis is a Paul Mellon Centre Junior Fellow (2019-2020), a PLAS fellow (2019-2020) at Princeton University; and has been a Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives Fellow (2018), a Lassen fellow at Princeton University (2015), and a CONACYT fellow 2012-2014. Her work has been supported by the Soros Foundation, UN Women, SEP and CONACYT.


Before coming to Princeton, Elis earned a bachelor's degree in architecture at the National Autonomous University of Mexico and a master’s degree in critical, curatorial and conceptual practices in architecture at Columbia University, where she received the CCCP award for high academic attainment.