The Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy is delighted to welcome two new visiting research fellows, Ricardo Pagliuso Regatieri and Mario Luis Grangeia, in its team.
Ricardo Pagliuso Regatieri’s visiting research fellowship is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. He is a professor at the Department of Sociology and at the Graduate Program of Social Sciences at the Federal University of Bahia, where he is also one of the leaders of PERIFERICAS - Research Group on Social Theories, Modernities and Colonialities. He received his B.A. in Social Sciences, his M.A. in Sociology and completed his Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of São Paulo. He spent a doctoral research period at the Goethe University Frankfurt. He was a Research Professor at Korea University and a lecturer at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies. He was also a short-term visiting professor at the University of Cape Verde. During his stay at AHCD, he is leading the research project "Authoritarianism, Democracy and Political Crises in the Periphery of the Modern Capitalist World-System: the Brazilian Case", which investigates the challenges posed by dependency and coloniality to democracy and political stability in the global periphery, particularly addressing Brazil.
Mario Luis Grangeia completed his PhD in 2016 at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), with a dissertation on governmental discourse on inequality in Brazil – he is an associated researcher at the Interdisciplinary Network for the Study of Inequality (NIED/UFRJ). As a research fellow at the Centro Nacional de Cultura (Portugal) and the Brazilian National Library, he studied how Portuguese immigrants portrayed life in Brazil in the 19th and 20th centuries. His visiting fellowship at AHCD will focus on a project that analyses how social policy is framed in official discourse in Brazil and South African since the 1990s. Both countries, two of the most unequal democracies in the world, have implemented redistribution initiatives in the last decades. This project is associated with the project Elites in Unequal Societies led by Graziella Moraes Silva. He is also a communication adviser in the Brazilian Federal Prosecution Service and led a team project at the Escola Superior do Ministério Público da União that pointed out limits to the Public Prosecution Service’s activism for the right of education.
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