Dr Marcos Estrada is an Assistant Professor of Sociology in the Department of Global Studies, Business School, at King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM) in Saudi Arabia. He received his PhD from the Department of Sociology, and the Early Career Fellowship from the Institute of Advanced Study (ISA), at the University of Warwick in the UK. At the University of Warwick, he conducted a multi-site ethnography, and produced two ethnographic films about the Brasiguaios (“Brazilian + Paraguayan”), an identity group living within the Brazilian and Paraguayan border region. His research and teaching interests include, but they are not limited to, migrants entrepreneurship, transnationalism, mass media and qualitative research methods.

Research interest



He is interested in conducting interdisciplinary research on transnationalism and related topics. His region of expertise has been Latin America, in particular, Brazil. He is now eager to develop further his knowledge and research about the Middle East, focusing on Saudi Arabia, and its links forged with Latin American countries.

He is particularly interested in researching the formation and maintenance of transnational networks, the ways in which individual and collective stories have been passed across generations, including the use of online forms of communication, and how the immigrants’ engagement in transnationalism have contributed to their participation in the social life of the country of settlement in Latin America while preserving ties to the Middle East.

As studying transnationalism, seeking to produce findings that provide meaningful information and generate further investigation, may require international collaboration with partners within and outside the academia, he is interested in working collaboratively with individuals conducting – or willing to conduct – research about topics involving countries in Latin America and the Middle East.