María do Mar Castro Varela is Professor for Pedagogy and Social Work at the Alice Salomon University Berlin. She has degrees in psychology and pedagogy and received her doctorate in political science. The focus of her work and research, in addition to critical migration and flight research, extends to postcolonial theory, critical education, and issues relating to gender and queer studies. Her publications include Postkoloniale Theorie. Eine kritische Einführung, (Postcolonial Theory. A Critical Introduction, 2005) and Migrationspädagogik (Pedagogy of Migration, 2010).