Ongoing research projects


The Boycott That Never Was: Political Capitalism and the Targets of Contention

Why do citizens repeatedly sanction certain targets, while other known-culprits escape reproach? To answer this question, I'm working with Paola Ometto (University of Alberta; Fundação Getúlio Vargas) and Luiz Flávio Ferrante on a multi-method study that consists of in-depth interviews, comparative historical research, natural language processing, and text mining to build a database of over 10,000 contentious political actions (and their targets) spanning three decades in Brazil.

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Revolt of the Peripheries: Shifting Electoral Geographies in Brazil

Matthew Aaron Richmond (London School of Economics, UNESP) and I are investigating Bolsonaro’s authoritarian neoliberal electoral coalition using microdata from Brazil's electoral court and geospatial development indicators from the Human Development Atlas. We observe the blurring of class divisions both over time and across parties in four of Brazil's largest metro areas: São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, and Porto Alegre. We will be presenting some preliminary findings at the 2019 Royal Geographical Society annual conference.

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