Anna Carolina Venturini, Ph.D. Candidate

Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro

Country: Brazil

About Me:

I am a fourth year Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at the Institute for Social and Political Studies – IESP of the Rio de Janeiro State University (UERJ). I hold a Master degree in Public Law (2014) and a BA in Law (2010), both from the University of São Paulo (USP).I am an associate researcher at the Group for the Multidisciplinary Study of Affirmative Action (GEMAA), a research group that draws country-wide and international recognition for its studies on affirmative action and, more recently, race and gender inequality in Brazil.In 2017, I was a Visiting Fellow and full-time research student at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, in affiliation with the Government Department and under the supervision of Professor Jennifer Hochschild.In 2018, I worked as a research assistant at the Law, Gender and Identity Center of the São Paulo Law School of Getulio Vargas Foundation (DIREITO SP), where I conducted elite interviews about the underrepresentation of women in high management positions.Additionaly, in 2018 I had the opportunity to be awarded with the Mark Claster Mamolen Fellowship and presented a chapter of my dissertation at the Mark Claster Mamolen Dissertation Workshop on Afro-Latin American Studies organized by the Afro-Latin American Research Institute at the Hutchins Center of Harvard University.Also, I currently serve as co-founder and consultant of a social company named Pluraliza, whose objective is to assist companies and organizations in the development and implementation of diversity policies in the workplace, an opportunity that has provided me with many insights and skills to understand and discuss matters related to diversity and institutions in Brazil.

Research Interests

Public Policy

Race, Ethnicity and Politics

Research Methods & Research Design

Comparative Political Institutions

Affirmative Action

Diversity/Higher Education

Higher Education Policy

Institutional Change

Agenda Setting

Countries of Interest


United States

South Africa


United Kingdom

My Research:

My broader research interests focus on the creation of affirmative action policies in the public and private sector, especially universities. For my dissertation, I investigate the creation of affirmative action for admissions in graduate programs (Masters and Ph.D.) at Brazilian public universities and the different types of change that occurred in graduate programs and their selective processes through the creation of these policies.Recently, I co-authored a book with João Feres JuniorLuiz Augusto Campos and Verônica Toste about the history of affirmative action and the public debate on the subject in the Brazilian context.Additionally, I published a peer-reviewed papers related to my doctoral research at Cadernos de Pesquisa and Sinais Sociais.In 2015, I conducted one study on the affirmative action program at the University of São Paulo (USP) and two studies about program at the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), all with João Feres Junior.I have also had the opportunity to work on a numerous of projects about inequalities in Brazil and published studies on gender and racial inequalities in the Brazilian Judiciary.