I am a PhD Candidate and Zuckerman Fellow in the Sociology Department of Columbia University. My research interests include Political Sociology; Science, Knowledge and Technology (STS); Inequality; Race and Ethnicity; Comparative-Historical Methods and Social Theory. My work has appeared in the American Economic Journal, the Brazilian Social Sciences Journal, Historical Social Research,  International Journal of Sociology,  among others.

l_leao-luciana-de-souza-2Before coming to the US for my Ph.D., I received a B.A. in Economics from Puc-Rio and a M.A. in Sociology and Anthropology 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 economist 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 reveal how 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.

Here you can view my CV, my research and publications, and a list of awards and fellowships that I have been fortunate to receive.