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I am a PhD candidate in Sociology at the University of Toronto. My pronouns are she/her.
I'm a researcher, writer, and educator -- and above all a storyteller. My areas of specialization are critical and feminist criminology, narrative methods, and the sociology of punishment, gender, and urban marginality.
In my work, I analyze biographical interviews, media accounts, institutional archives, and judicial documents to investigate (i) how gendered, racialized, and economic structures inform narratives of crime and violence and (ii) how these narratives sustain patterns of interpersonal and state violence.
I have written about fast-food corporations' discourses about meat and environmental harm, teenage girls’ narratives of homicide in Brazil, incarcerated women’s imagined futures in the United States, and incarcerated people's experiences with police violence in Baltimore, U.S.
My work has appeared in The British Journal of Criminology, Women & Criminal Justice, and Cultural Sociology.
I have also been the course instructor for Social Control at the University of Toronto, St. George campus (Summer 2021, Fall 2021, Summer 2022, Fall 2022, Summer 2023). Currently, I am a research assistant for the SSHRC Insight Grant (2021-2026) Bringing Democracy into the Law: Urban Inequalities and Struggles over Rights and Fairness in the Brazilian Justice System.
I am currently working on a dissertation about how economic precarity, state violence, the transnational cocaine economy, and intra-community violence meet and enmesh in the lives of young women working at the bottom of the cocaine economy in the deep south of South America, in the city of Porto Alegre, Brazil.
I hold a Master’s degree in Sociology from the University of São Paulo and a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul. Before becoming a full-time researcher, I worked as a writer and editor for Brazilian independent media outlets. I grew up in Porto Alegre and live in Toronto. In my free time, I talk and tweet about books, films, TV, memes, prison abolitionism, feminist theory, and Pierre Bourdieu.
I was born a settler in the traditional land of the Guaraní peoples, in the region currently known as Rio Grande do Sul, in the south of Brazil. For the past six years, I have lived as an immigrant in the traditional land of the Huron-Wendat and Petun First Nations, the Seneca, and the Mississaugas of the Credit River, where the University of Toronto is located. This territory was the subject of the Dish with One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between the Iroquois Confederacy and Confederacy of the Ojibwe and allied nations to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes. Today, this meeting place is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island. I am grateful to have the opportunity to work on this land.
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