Karla Alvarado Romero

Karla Alvarado is a doctoral student at the HCIAS and the Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences of Heidelberg University and a member of the HCIAS Doctoral Research Group “Communication and Society in Ibero-America”. She is a scholarship holder of the Landesgraduiertenförderungsprogramm of the state of Baden-Württemberg, an associate of the Heidelberg Center for Digital Humanities (HCDH), and a member of the Heidelberg Graduate School for the Humanities and Social Sciences (HGGS).

Her research is centered on the connection between information technologies and trade, with a particular emphasis on the role of social media as digital intermediation platforms in the rising phenomenon of ‘social commerce’. She has experience in regional studies and focuses on the trade relationship between Latin America and China. She is also actively investigating the relationship of this region with the US and the EU. Her work also embraces the economic and strategic impacts of Big Tech companies on international trade regulation, global governance, and digital trade policy-making. Her doctoral research project is supervised by HCIAS Jun.-Prof. Dr. Alejandro Ecker.

Karla’s research experience includes a research visit at Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy US-Mexico Center in Houston, Texas, holding a scholarship for Graduate Studies from the Mexican Council of Science and Technology (now CONAHCYT), and a research visit at the Center for China-Mexico Studies (CECHIMEX) of the Faculty of Economics at the National Autonomous University of México (UNAM) as a fellow of the China Research Fellowship Program 2022.

Karla Alvarado 09.23

She received the Best Master's Thesis Award from the Center for Research on North America (CISAN-UNAM) in 2021 and her work has been featured in a journal, two book chapters, and several blogs. She has participated as a speaker at international conferences in Mexico, Romania, Australia, Finland, and Japan.

Karla holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in international relations from the UNAM and has experience working for the Mexican government, the Organization of the American States in Panama, and Rice University in Houston. She has also worked as an independent researcher.

She volunteered for the International Association for Political Science Students (IAPSS) as Latin America and the Caribbean Chair and was the founder and president of IAPSS Mexico.

Doctoral Research Group Communication and Society in Ibero-America


Karla Alvarado Romero

Heidelberg Center for Ibero-American Studies | HCIAS
Brunnengasse 1, 69117 Heidelberg

Email: karla.alvarado_romero(at)uni-heidelberg.de