- Field Clerk - Intra/Interdisciplinary
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 Quem São as Mulheres das Políticas para as Mulheres no Brazil? Vol. I, O Feminismo Estatal Participativo Brasileiro; Vol. II, Expressões Femnistas nas Conferências Nacionais de Políticas para as Mulheres (2018); Beyond Civil Society: Activism, Participation, and Protest in Latin America (2017); Translocalities/Translocalidades: Feminist Politics of Translation in the Latin/a Américas (2014); and a two-part special issue of the journal Meridians on "Afro-descendant Feminisms in Latin America" (2016). I have published numerous journal articles and book chapters, many written collaboratively, and in Portuguese and Spanish, as well as English, on topics including movements, feminist politics, NGOs, civil society, race and racism, 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 anarcho-autonomist-neo-leftist activisms and women/gender/sexuality in contemporary protest in Latin America and globally 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."
I am a past president of the Latin American Studies Association and former Director of the Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies at UMass Amherst.
Area of Study:
- Comparative politics
- Interdisciplinary Studies; Social Movements; Protest; Latin America; Feminist Studies
- Political Science