My research concerns the question of how diverse methodologies employed by agencies providing technical assistance and agricultural extension to low-income communities can impact participatory processes and collective action, with the intention of enhancing the ability of these programs to strengthen local collective action and subsequently overall socioeconomic security.
Prior to commencing doctoral work, I conducted in-depth fieldwork in Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil, in collaboration with the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte and the state Secretary of Planning and Finance.
Fields of Study
Subfields: Social Stratification & Mobility; Political Sociology; Collective Action/Social Change; Social Networks; Social Movements & Collective Behavior
Grants and Awards
Fulbright Research Fellowship, 2015
Washington Souza, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN)
B.A. Latin American & Hemispheric Studies/International Affairs with a Concentration in International Development Studies (magna cum laude), George Washington University, 2010