Anna Carolina Venturini

Postdoctoral Fellow – IPP-CEBRAP


I am a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Brazilian Center of Analysis and Planning – CEBRAP‘s International interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Program (IPP). I received a Ph.D in Political Science at the Institute for Social and Political Studies – IESP of the Rio de Janeiro State University (UERJ) in 2019. 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.

My research interests lie at the intersections of affirmative action and public policies, race, ethnicity, gender, and institutional change, with a focus in Brazil, United States and Latin America. In my research projects I utilize mixed methods, including primary surveys and in-depth qualitative interviews to identify empirical relationships as well as the underlying causal mechanisms.


  PhD in Political Science, 2019
  State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), Brazil

  Master in Public Law, 2014
  University of São Paulo (USP), Brazil

   BA in Law, 2010
   University of São Paulo (USP), Brazil


  • Affirmative Action
  • Public Policies
  • Institutional change
  • Comparative politics
  • Afro-Latin American Studies
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