I am a social anthropologist (DPhil Oxon, 2018) with a main area focus on Brazil.
Drawing on long-term ethnographic field research with quilombolas in Maranhão, my doctoral thesis, titled ‘Children of the land and children of the Saint: religion, heritage, and territoriality in a Brazilian quilombo’, focused on Afro-Brazilian grassroots political organisation around collective land rights. My doctoral research formed part of the project ‘Currents of faith, places of history’, funded by the Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA). During that time, I was also Visiting Researcher at the Museu Nacional, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ).
I have lectured and tutored at the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography (University of Oxford), at the Human Rights Consortium (SAS, University of London), and at universities in Brazil and Greece. Following the completion of my DPhil, I was 2018-19 Stipendiary Fellow at the Institute of Latin American Studies, University of London and 2019-20 Swiss Government Excellence Postdoctoral Fellow at the Graduate Institute in Geneva.
Currently, my research interests lie at the intersection of politics and religion, and include questions of far-right populism, ethnic and religious minorities, disinformation campaigns and conspiracy theory.