Affirmative Action in Graduate Studies in Brazil: Possibilities and Challenges


Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 12:00pm to 1:20pm

To view the recording, click here

Speaker: Anna Carolina Venturini, Postdoctoral Fellow - IPP-CEBRAP
Moderator:  Jennifer Hochschild, Henry LaBarre Jayne Professor of Government and Professor of African and African American Studies, FAS
Discussants: Cristiano dos Santos Rodrigues, Professor of Political Science, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG); and Graziella Moraes Dias da Silva, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Sociology, The Graduate Institute Geneva

Graduate courses of Brazilian public universities are adopting affirmative action in their admission processes since 2002. Drawing on data from almost 3,000 academic graduate programs (masters and doctorates) of public universities, Anna Carolina Venturini's research points to a significant diffusion of the policy in the past five years. This seminar will focus on the policies' main characteristics and the changes that affirmative action generates in the student admission processes. Graduate programs sought to design policies that could increase the access of minority groups to graduate education and, at the same time, raised concerns about maintaining quality and academic excellence.

Anna Carolina Venturini is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Brazilian Center of Analysis and Planning – CEBRAP's International Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Program (IPP). She received a Ph.D. in Political Science at the Institute for Social and Political Studies – IESP of the Rio de Janeiro State University (UERJ) in 2019. She holds a Master's degree in Public Law (2014) and a BA in Law (2010), both from the University of São Paulo (USP). Venturini works as an research coordinator at Afro-Cebrap (Research and Training Center on Race, Gender and Racial Justice) and associate researcher at the Center for Analysis of Liberty and Authoritarianism (LAUT). Also, she is associated with the Group for the Multidisciplinary Study of Affirmative Action (GEMAA).

Presented in collaboration with Afro-Latin American Research Institute