Luciana de Souza Leao

Luciana de Souza Leao
Biographical Note: 

Luciana is a Ph.D. student in Sociology and a Paul F. Lazarsfeld Fellow at Columbia University. Her research interests include Inequality/Stratification, Political Sociology, Social Policy and Science, Knowledge and Technology.

She holds a B.A. in Economics from Puc-Rio and a M.A. in Sociology from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Her master thesis explored the historical relationship between the state, the market and society in Brazil from 1930 to 2000 in order to understand the temporal dimensions that characterize Brazilian persistent inequality.

Before coming to Columbia, Luciana worked as a research assistant at the Interdisciplinary Network for the Study of Inequality (NIED/UFRJ), where she participated in two large projects examining i) the relationship between NGOs and the Brazilian State, and ii) a comparative study about discursive and behavioral strategies that members of stigmatized groups use to cope with racism and discrimination in Brazil, United States and Israel. She also worked as a World Bank consultant for three years, where she was the field coordinator of a large impact evaluation of a Brazilian education policy.


"Bringing Historical Sociology and Path-Dependence Together: A case study of the Brazilian political economy (1930-2000)". 2013. Historical Social Research, vol 38, no 2, pp 172-196.  

“The Impact of High School Financial Education: Experimental Evidence from Brazil" (with Mirian Bruhn and Bilal Zia). 2013. World Bank Policy Research Working Papers, no 6723.

“The paradox of mixing: identities, inequalities and perceptions of discrimination among Brazilian browns” (with Graziella Silva). 2012. Revista Brasileira de Ciências Sociais, vol 27, no 80, pp 117-133.

“State, Third Sector, and the Political Sphere in Brazil - Evolution and Current Scenario” (with Felix Lopez and Mario Grangeia). 2011. International Journal of Sociology, vol 41, no.2, pp 47-71. 

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