Hi! My name is Luciana de Souza Leão, I am a PhD Candidate and Paul F. Lazarsfeld Fellow in the Sociology Department of Columbia University. My research interests include Comparative-Historical Sociology, Political Sociology, Science, Knowledge and Technology (STS) and Inequality.
Before coming to the US for my Ph.D., I received a B.A. in Economics from Puc-Rio and a M.A. in Sociology from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, where I extensively studied different dynamics associated to racial and political inequalities in Brazil, both in historical and comparative terms. For my Ph.D. dissertation, I build on my experience working as a World Bank researcher for three years, to study the politics of social policy evaluation in the Global South and the complex inequalities inherent to the diffusion of global policy standards. I hope to highlight the ways that seemingly neutral technical disputes over evaluation methods relate to domestic struggles for influence in social-policy making, and how different evaluation methodologies inform what policymakers can see and do.