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Sonia E. Alvarez

Professional Title: 

Leonard J. Horwitz Professor of Latin American Politics
Director, Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies

Service Role: 

  • Field Clerk - Intra/Interdisciplinary


Thompson 424

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Office Hours: 

Fall 2016: Monday 1:30-3:30PM and by appointment


Ph.D. Political Science, M.Phil. Political Science, M.A. Political Science. Yale University. A.B., Government and Latin American Studies, magna cum laude. Smith College.


My main areas of specialization are social movements and protest politics, comparative and transnational feminisms, and Latin American politics and cultures, with a focus on Brazil and the Southern Cone. My recent (co-edited) books include Translocalities/Translocalidades: Feminist Politics of Translation in the Latin/a Américas; and Beyond Civil Society Agenda: Activism, Participation, and Protest in Latin America (in press). I have published a number journal articles and book chapters, many written collaboratively, and in Portuguese and Spanish, as well as English, on topics including movements, feminism politics, NGOs, civil society, transnational activism, and democratization.

I am a feminist, anti-racist and social justice intellectual-activist who has participated in Latina/women of color feminist movements in the US, as well as solidarity movements, alter-globablization organizing, and other transnational activist efforts. Since the 1980s, I have  been connected with feminist and women’s movements in Brazil, Latin America, and globally, while conducting research on and with them. My current work focuses on the “sidestreaming” of feminist ideas and practices into parallel social movements, the dynamics of feminist discursive fields of action and activist assemblages, and the (mis)encounters of feminism and anti-racism in Brazil. That work forms part of a larger book project entitled Feminisms in Movement, under contract with Duke University Press. I am presently engaged in research on women/gender/sexuality in contemporary protest and, with Barbara Cruikshank, co-coordinate an international research-action network on the global politics of protest in the 2010s, "Comparative and Transnational Perspectives on Protest."

Area of Study: 

  • Comparative politics

Curriculum Vitae: 

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  • Interdisciplinary Studies; Social Movements; Protest; Latin America; Feminist Studies


  • Political Science