Jair Bolsonaro is the first far-right leader to be directly elected in Latin America. How did he come to power and what were the consequences of his election? In this event, scholars from the Brazilian university of Unicamp and Harvard will explore the social and political processes currently transforming Brazil.
10:15 - 10:30 am: OPENING REMARKS
Frances Hagopian, Jorge Paulo Lemann Senior Lecturer on Government, Harvard University; Co-Chair, Brazil Studies Program, DRCLAS
10:30 am - 12:00 pm: THE RIGHT AND BRAZILIAN SOCIETY
Moderator: Bart Bonikowski, Associate Professor of Sociology, Harvard University; Resident Faculty, The Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies
The Struggle for the Nation: The Rise of the Extreme right and the War Against Diversity in Brazil
Michel Nicolau Netto and Mariana Miggiolaro Chaguri, Department of Sociology, Unicamp
Freedom and Captivity: Notes on the Daily Production of Enemies in Brazil
Nashieli Rangel Loera, Department of Anthropology, Unicamp
From a Decade of Improvements to a Rapid Fall: An Overview of Gender and Racial Inequalities in the Brazilian Labor Market (2003-2018)
Bárbara Castro, Department of Sociology, Unicamp
12:00 – 1:00 pm: LUNCH
1:00 - 1:45 pm: DEBATE: DEMOCRACY RIGHT AND LEFT
Moderator: Fernando Bizzarro, PhD student, Harvard University; Graduate Student Associate, DRCLAS
Speakers: Oswaldo Amaral, Department of Political Science, Unicamp and Bárbara Castro, Department of Sociology, Unicamp
1:45 - 3:45 pm: THE RIGHT AND SHIFTING PUBLIC ATTITUDES
Moderator: Frances Hagopian, Jorge Paulo Lemann Senior Lecturer on Government, Harvard University; Co-Chair, Brazil Studies Program, DRCLAS
The Right-Wing Voter in Brazil: Evidences from Recent Surveys
Oswaldo Amaral, Department of Political Science, Unicamp
The Bolsonaro Presidency: Evangelicals and Conservatism in the Brazilian Crisis
Ronaldo Almeida, Department of Anthropology, Unicamp
Popular Attitudes about Venezuelan Migration in Northern Brazil
Reed Rasband, PhD student, Harvard University
The Growth of the Right in Rio de Janeiro’s Informal Settlements
Jessie Bullock, PhD candidate, Harvard University
Bárbara Castro is a PhD in Social Sciences, and Associate Professor of Sociology at the State University of Campinas (Brazil). She is a member of the Center for Gender Studies - Pagu at Unicamp and a member of the Network of Labour Reform Studies (REMIR). She held a visiting scholar fellowship at the Gender, Work, Mobilities Laboratory (GTM) at the Center for Sociological and Political Research of Paris (Cresppa) at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) (2018-2019 - Paris 8 Vincennes Saint-Denis University and Paris Nanterre University-Paris, France). Her research interests include labor and gender studies, feminist movements and feminist theory and time-use studies.
Bart Bonikowski is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Harvard University and Resident Faculty at the Minda the Gunzburg Center for European Studies. Relying on surveys, large-scale digital data, computational methods, and experiments, his research applies insights from cultural sociology to the study of politics in Europe and the United States, with a particular focus on the supply and demand sides of nationalism, populism, and authoritarianism. In addition to ongoing research and teaching, he co-organizes the Culture and Social Analysis Workshop, the CES Study Group on Populism, Nationalism, and Radical Politics, and serves as the Director of Undergraduate Programs at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. Since September 2017, he has been co-directing a new research initiative, the Weatherhead Research Cluster on Challenges to Democracy (formerly the Research Cluster on Global Populism) with Dani Rodrik of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government (prior to 2018), Steve Levitsky (Harvard Department of Government), and Daniel Ziblatt (Harvard Department of Government).
During the 2018-19 academic year, he was a Lenore Annenberg and Wallis Annenberg Fellow in Communication at Stanford University's Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences.
Fernando Bizzarro is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Government at Harvard and a Graduate Student Associate to the DRCLAS. A political scientist from Brazil, he researches the nature, causes, and consequences of democracy and political parties in Latin America.
Frances Hagopian is Jorge Paulo Lemann Senior Lecturer on Government and Faculty Co-Chair of Harvard’s Brazil Studies Program. She specializes in the comparative politics of Latin America, with emphasis on democratization, political representation, political economy, and religion and politics. Hagopian is author of Reorganizing Representation in Latin America (forthcoming, Cambridge University Press), editor of Religious Pluralism, Democracy, and the Catholic Church in Latin America (University of Notre Dame Press, 2009), co-editor (with Scott Mainwaring) of The Third Wave of Democratization in Latin America: Advances and Setbacks (Cambridge 2005), and author of Traditional Politics and Regime Change in Brazil (Cambridge University Press, 1996) and numerous journal articles and book chapters. Her current work focuses on the establishment of a social welfare regime in Brazil, and the political economy of inequality in Latin America. She previously taught at the University of Notre Dame, where she was Director of the Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies, as well as Tufts and Harvard Universities. She has also been a visiting professor at the London School of Economics and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an Associate Member of Nuffield College, Oxford.
Jessie Bullock is a PhD candidate in the Government Department at Harvard University. Her research interests include organized crime, political violence, and corruption and machine politics. Jessie’s dissertation book project is about the causes and consequences of organized crime's involvement in politics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She is a current contributor to the Global Anticorruption Blog and a graduate student affiliate of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and the Institute for Quantitative Social Sciences. Her dissertation field work has also been supported by the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Corporación Andino de Fomiento (CAF), and the Foundations of Human Behavior Initiative (FHB).
Michel Nicolau Netto is a PhD in Sociology, and Associate Professor of Sociology at the State University of Campinas (Brazil). He is the leader of the Study Group on Pierre Bourdieu (GEBU), at UNICAMP, and a member of the Research Group of Cultural Practices (GEPRACC). He held a visiting fellowship at the Department of Geography and Environment at the London School of Economics and Political Science (2017 - London/UK) and was visiting scholar at the Institute of Latin American Studies at Columbia University (2014 - New York/USA). His research interests include culture; national identity; globalization, and sports mega-events.
Mariana Miggiolaro Chaguri is a PhD in Sociology, and Associate Professor of Sociology at the State University of Campinas (Brazil). She is a member of the Center for Rural Studies (Ceres) at Unicamp and is a visiting scholar at The Watson Institute for Public and International Affairs at Brown University (2019-2020 - Providence/USA). Her research interests include Brazilian social thought; culture, rural sociology, and post-colonial studies.
Nashieli Rangel Loera is a PhD in Social Anthropology, and Associate Professor of Anthropology at the State University of Campinas (Brazil). She is director of the Center for Rural Studies (Ceres) at Unicamp. Her research interests include rural and political Anthropology and on the following subjects: social and collective land demands; territory and territorialization processes; peasantry; social agrarian movements, and Brazilian state. She was chair (2014-2016) of the Food, Agriculture and Rural Studies Section of LASA.
Oswaldo E. do Amaral is a PhD in Political Science, and Associate Professor at the Department of Politics at the State University of Campinas (Brazil). He is director of the Center for the Study of Public Opinion (Cesop) at Unicamp. His main research areas are Political Parties, Party Systems and Electoral Behavior. He has published several articles and book chapters in Brazil and abroad.
Reed Rasband is a 2nd year graduate student in the Department of Government at Harvard University. His research looks at the ways immigration affects politics and intergroup relations in the developing world. He has conducted research in Thailand and the UK, and is currently focused on Latin American responses to Venezuelan migration. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Brigham Young University, and his research has received support from Harvard's Brazil Studies Program.
Ronaldo R. M. de Almeida is a PhD in Social Anthropology, and Associate Professor of Anthropology at the State University of Campinas (Brazil). He is director of the Religion Anthropology Laboratory at Unicamp. He is a CNPq Level 2 Productivity Researcher and Researcher at the Brazilian Center of Analysis and Planning (Cebrap). He was a post-doctorate fellow at École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris and has experience in the fields of Anthropology of Religion and Urban Anthropology, working mainly with the following themes: religion, Pentecostalism, politics, cities and poverty.