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Dr Catalina Montoya Londono

History and Politics
0151 291 3529

Catalina Montoya is Senior lecturer in International Relations, director of the MA in International Relations and Director of the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies. Dr Montoya is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She holds a PhD in Politics from the University of Manchester (Manchester, UK), an MA in Politics from Universidad de los Andes (Bogota, Colombia) a PG Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education from Liverpool Hope University and a BA in Communication Studies from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Bogota, Colombia). 

Her main research interest is in the field of political communication, including media-state relationships, communication, conflict and peace, and international relations. She has published on the impact of event driven news in the projection of US foreign policy in Colombia, the use of media by civil society organizations to foster democracy and human rights in Colombia and Latin America, the relationships between political and media systems, and political and media debates regarding transitional justice in Colombia.

Selected publications


Vallejo Mejía, M. , Montoya Londoño, C. (2017). Los cercos del debate sobre restitución de tierras (The boundaries of the debate on land restitution). Bogota: Editorial Pontificia Universidad Javeriana.  

Montoya Londoño, C. (2011). Framing event-driven news. The promotion of the US agenda in the Colombian armed conflict. Colección Investigaciones en Comunicación, Editorial Javeriana, Bogota, D.C.  

Montoya Londoño, C. (2010). Alianzas entre medios de comunicación y organizaciones de la sociedad Civil: Balances y propuestas para fortalecer la democracia y los derechos humanos en América Latina (Alliances between media and civil society organisations to strengthen democracy and human rights in Latin America), Colección de cuadernos PEP, Editorial Javeriana, Bogota, D.C.  

Montoya Londoño, C. (2020) United States and European Union Online Media Diplomacy in Colombia: Mixed Messages in the Promotion of a Fragile Peace. Latin American Policy,20 May
Montoya Londoño, C., Vallejo Mejí­a, M. (2017) Development vs peace? The role of media in the Law of Victims and Land Restitution in Colombia. Media, War & Conflict, Volume: 11 issue: 3, page(s): 336-357, May 25. 
Montoya Londoño, C., Vallejo Mejí­a, M.  (2016) The law of victims and land restitution in Colombia: Public debates and global agendas, Latin American Policy, 7(1), June 2016, pp.80-105.
Vallejo Mejí­a, M., Montoya Londoño, C. (2015)  Ley de víctimas y restitución de tierras en Colombia: Encuadres retóricos sembrados de metáforas (Law of victims and land restitution in Colombia: rhetorical framing and growing metaphors), Análisis Polí­tico, 84, IEPRI, May - August 2015, pp.23-38. Available at:
Vallejo Mejía, M., Montoya Londoño, C. (2014) Movimiento de tierra en la prensa nacional (Movement of  land in the national press), Revista Javeriana, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, February, pp. 8-19.
Montoya Londoño, C. (2013) Organizaciones de la sociedad civil y sus producciones en radio e internet: Fortaleciendo agendas para la democracia y los derechos humanos en Colombia (Civil society organisations and their productions in radio and internet: Strengthening democracy and human rights in Colombia), Palabra Clave, Vol 16, no. 2, August 2013, pp. 282-312. Available at: view/2920/3185
Montoya Londoño, C. (2009)Medios de comunicación y organizaciones de la sociedad civil: Fortaleciendo alianzas para la democracia y los derechos humanos en América Latina (Media and civil society organisations: Strengthening alliances for democracy and human rights in Latin America). Revista Signo y Pensamiento No. 55, Vol. XXVIII, julio-diciembre 2009, pp. 164-188. Available at:
Bonilla Vélez, J.I., Montoya Londoño, C. (2003) Periodistas, políticos y guerreros: Tres hipótesis sobre la visibilidad mediática en el conflicto colombiano (Journalists, politicians and warriors: Three hypotheses on media visibility in the Colombian conflict). Revista de Estudios Sociales, 16, pp. 70-81. Available at:

Montoya Londoño, C. (2014) In search of a model for the Colombian system today, in: Guerrero, M.A. and Ramirez, M.M. (eds.) Media Systems and Communication Policies in Latin America. New York: Palgrave Global Media Policy and Business Series, p. 66-81, ISBN 978-1-137-27329-1. 
Montoya Londoño, C. (2012) Impactos divergentes de hechos de irrupción: El poder mediático norteamericano en el conflicto armado colombiano (Differing impacts of event-driven news: US media power in the Colombian armed conflict). In Rico de Sotelo, C. y Roveda, A. (eds.)  Comunicación y medios en las Américas. Entre la gobernanza y la gobernabilidad, Editorial Javeriana y Orbicom, Bogotá, D.C., pp.153-178. Available at: