I hold a PhD in Anthropology and Black Studies from The University of Texas/Austin. My research interest includes racialized policing practices, mass incarceration and black urban life in Brazil and Colombia. Before joining CSI/CUNY I served as visiting professor and affiliated researcher at the Africana Research Center (Penn State) and at the Centro de Estudios Afrodiaspóricos, Universidad Icesi (Colombia). As an activist anthropologist I have worked with the black movement and abolitionist projects in Brazil, Colombia, and the United States.


PhD, University of Texas at Austin

MA, University of Texas at Austin

B.A, Universidade de Ribeirão Preto

Scholarship / Publications

“‘Blood in Reasoning’: State Violence, Contested Territories and Black Criminal Agency in Urban Brazil." Journal of Latin American Studies 48(1):61-87, 2016.
"On Mules and Bodies: Black Captivities in the Brazilian Racial Democracy." Critical Sociology 42(2):229-248, 2015.
“Neither Humans nor Rights:” Some Notes on the Double Negation of Black Social Suffering in Brazil. Journal of Black Studies 45(2):143-162, 2014.
“From Necropolis to Blackpolis: Necropolitical Governance and Black Spatial Praxis in São Paulo, Brazil.” Antipode: Radical Journal of Geography, 46(1):323-339, 2013.

Narratives of Violence: White ImagiNations and the Making of Black Masculinity in City of God.” Revista de Ciencias Sociales, 13(2):313-347, 2013.

“Gubernamentalidad Espacial y Agencia Criminal Negra en Cali y São Paulo: Aproximaciones para una antropología ‘Fuera de la Ley’”. In Territorio y Sociabilidades Violentas (Jorge Geraldo, editor). Universidad Eafit, pp.15-71, 2017.

“Drug and Drug Control in Brazil.” (Co-authored w/ Dina Alves). In: Pan-African Issues in Drugs and Drug Control: An International Perspective (Anita Kalunta-Crumpton editor). Ashgate Publishing, pp.85-106, 2015.

“Topografias da Violencia: necropoder e governamentalidade espacial em Sao Paulo.” Revista do Departamento de Geografia, 22(2):14-37, 2011.

"On deaf ears: anti-black police terror, multiracial protest and white loyalty to the state." (Co-authored w/ Joao Costa Vargas). Identities 24(3): 254-274, 2017.
 “Rebellion in the Brazilian Graveyard: Our Dead have a Voice!” (Co-authored w/ Debora Silva). LASA Forum, 48(2):31-33, 2017