Book manuscript

My book manuscript, provisionally titled “Ação afirmativa na pós-graduação” (Affirmative action for graduate programs) aims to contribute to the literature of affirmative action and public policy to explain (a) why and how the access of disadvantaged groups entered the decision-making agenda of Brazilian public universities, (b) what factors explain the adherence of some graduate programs as opposed to others that did not and (c) how the creation of affirmative action resulted in the change of the traditional selection process carried out by graduate programs.

The research is based on an analysis of the selection notices of 2,763 academic graduate programs of public universities published until January 2018, and semi-structured interviews with selected actors from some programs and representatives of Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES) and the Ministry of Education (MEC).

I argue that the issue did not reach the country’s general agenda of public policies, having entered the agenda of specific programs and universities due to the demands of graduate students and faculty members and the requirement of the universities’ presidency and higher bodies due to the Normative Order 13/2016.

The study points to a significant diffusion of this type of policy in the last years, with 26.4% of the programs having some form of affirmative action in January 2018. Also, there is a strong resistance to more substantive changes in the selective processes due to the importance of academic merit and excellence, as well as the uncertainty about the impacts to the CAPES evaluation grade.