I am a sixth-year Ph.D. student in Princeton’s History Department. I study the history of modern Brazil from a comparative and translational perspective.
My dissertation, titled “South Atlantic Corporatism: Development, Law and Citizenship in Brazil and Portugal, 1919-1945,” examines the economic and social experiments that emerged as alternatives to capitalism in Brazil and Portugal in the 1920s and 1930s, with a focus on corporatism. The political and economic crises of the interwar years left exposed the limitations of classical liberalism, and my research explores how economists, social scientists, politicians, and intellectuals on both sides of the Atlantic turned to the corporatist model to reorganize national development. Corporatism envisioned a society organized into state-directed collective groups, according to profession, where the state became an arbiter in all aspects of economic life by controlling prices, coordinating production, and managing labor relations. I seek to reconstruct the national and transnational circulation of economic and sociological knowledge that shaped these projects, as well as how corporatist institutions and constitutional reforms transformed the practice of citizenship in both countries through statist intervention in economic life and the emergence of new forms of political representation.
My broader interests include: Latin America; the Portuguese-speaking world; economic and social history; history of economic and social thought; global history.
In 2013, I received a Fulbright Grant for nine months of research in Brazil. The Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, the Fundação Luso-Americana (FLAD), and the History Project (Joint Centre for History and Economics and Institute for New Economic Thinking) have also supported archival research in Brazil and Portugal. For the 2014-2015 academic year, I was awarded a Whiting Honorific Fellowship at Princeton.
I received a B.A. summa cum laude in History and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania (2008) and an M.Phil. in Economic and Social History from the University of Cambridge (2009).