On July 1, 2012, I became Neubauer Family Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago. My research interests are in the fields of race and ethnicity, politics and development and globalization and I am the recipient of fellowships from the Fulbright, Mellon and Ford foundations. I am currently working on three research projects, the first of which is a book manuscript based on the dissertation I completed in the Sociology Department at the University of California - Berkeley in 2011. It draws on 18 months of fieldwork to examine the recent shift from colorblind state discourses to the adoption of ethno-racial policies in Colombia and Brazil in the 1990s, as well as the impact this shift has had on political institutions and broader socio-cultural change in these countries. My other two projects continue to explore the relationship between race and politics. In the first of these, I seek to understand what organizing around racial justice looks like in the context of changing racial discourse in the United States. More specifically, I am interested in how discourses of a "post-racial" United States impact the types of organizing, media coverage around racial incidents, as well as social movements outcomes in three U.S. cities. The final project examines the role of different actors in constructing and reproducing the idea of Brazil as a racial paradise outside of that country, among them diplomats, emigrants, academics tourists and journalists. While these projects are still very much in the making, I do have published work that can be found in various edited books as well as the American Journal of Sociology, the Dubois Review and SOULS: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society.
University of Chicago
Department of Political Science
5828 S. University Avenue
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Chicago, IL 60637