Graduate Students


Beatriz Carvalho Teixeira

Beatriz Carvalho joined CLACS in 2021. She received her BA in Political Science from the Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro. During her undergraduate studies, she was the recipient of government funding to study electoral behavior, part of a research group focusing on Global South and International Relations studies, held an internship with the British Council in Brazil, and TAed for a course on Politics and Society in Latin America. She came to CLACS to learn about Latin America from an outside perspective, for the Center's close connection with the Lemann Center, and for the opportunity to teach. Since starting at CLACS, she has taught discussion sections for our core LACS course, LAST 170: Intro to Latin America. Her research interests lie in violence against women in the political context of Brazil and Latin American, focusing on women of color, and women's political representation.



Lorena Chica

Lorena Chica joined CLACS in 2021, with a BA in History and minors in Women & Gender Studies and Sociology from Bradley University, as well as 5 years of experience in the Interactive Media department at Bradley. She chose CLACS because of the excellent resources available through the LAC collection in the International and Area Studies Library and the diverse funding opportunities through CLACS and on campus. Her research focuses on El Salvador, gendered violence, and state sanctioned violence. Lorena is also teaching discussion sections of our core LACS course for undergraduate majors and minors, LAST 170: Intro to Latin America.




Daiane Geremias Goulart

Prior to joining us at CLACS, Daiane received her BA in History from Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. She also completed graduate courses in comparative history at Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. CLACS attracted Daiane because the Center's interdisciplinary nature allows her flexibility in taking courses and enables a broader lens with which to approach her research. She studies the period of democratization of Brazil (1988-1992), late dictatorship in Brazil, cultural history, social history, race and the history of Brazilian funk.




Ricardo Fonseca Grijalva

Ricardo Fonseca Grijalva joined CLACS after earning his Bachelor's in Ethnic Studies, concentrating on Latinx & Chicanx Studies with a minor in LGBTQ+ Studies. He chose CLACS because of the Center's flexibility and interdisciplinary approach within the social sciences, as well as the availability of funding and work opportunities with CLACS and on campus. His research interests are the fetishization and disposal of transgender and queer bodies, queer online dating, Caribbean sexualities, Latinx studies, Chicanx studies, decolonial studies, gendered and racialized violence, sexuality, and state-sanctioned violence.




Leonardo E Silva Ventura

Prior to joining us at CLACS, Leonardo received his BA in Social Science from the Pontifical University Catholic of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio). For his BA final paper, he used data on extrajudicial killing and police violence to argue that the discourse and promises made by politicians (1987-2019) to eradicate the drug trade in Rio de Janeiro led to the genocide of Black people and Anti-Blackness instead of public security. For his M.A. thesis at CLACS, he is investigating Amilcar Cabral and Abdias Nascimento trajectory, goal, strategy, political thoughts, and practices toward Global Black Liberation. His main field of study is African Diaspora, specifically Black liberation in the age of decolonization.