• Modern Latin America
  • Modern Brazil
  • Urban History


“Tropical Homes: Housing, Urban Planning and Politics in Northeast Brazil.”


  • Global and Transnational History
  • Citizenship and Identity
  • Nation Building and Community Formation
  • Public History


My research examines the urban history of Northeast Brazil in the 20th century. Analyzing modernization and urbanization efforts in Latin America, it questions the origins and the reasons behind state-led urban planning and affordable housing in the states of Pernambuco and Rio Grande do Norte. While examining the ideas and practices of authorities and elites, my dissertation discusses local, regional, national and transnational connections among politicians, technocrats, urban experts, economists, and social scientists in the Americas. Thus, tying urban histories of state capitals like Recife and Natal with urban histories of Brazil, Latin America, North America and the Caribbean.


  • Instructor of History at UMass Amherst since Fall 2022
  • Teaching Assistant: Modern Latin America and World History, Fall 2016-Spring 2019


Internship and Career Advisor


  • Master of Liberal Studies, Rollins College, Florida, United States
  • BA in Social Sciences, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil


  • "Planning a New Society: Urban Planning and Public Housing in Natal, Brazil" in The Social and Political Life of Latin American Infrastructures, ed. by Jonathan Alderman and Geoff Goodwin, University of London Press (November 2022).
  • "Habitação Social e Políticas Urbanas Durante a Aliança para o Progresso no Recife na Década de 1960." O Social Em Questão, PUC-Rio de Janeiro (May 2022).


Book reviews are at H-LatamPlanning Perspectives and MARLAS.

Public Scholarship
Chapter in an ebook: housing and cities during the pandemic of COVID-19 in Portuguese (2021). Participations in urban studies podcasts (2020). Essays at and The Metropole (2017-2019).

Conferences and Seminars:
BRASA, 2024. AHA, 2023. Interdisciplinary Studies Institute, 2022. AHA, 2021. ILAS Seminar at UCL, 2019. LASA, 2019. NECLAS, 2017. National Conference on Planning History (SACRPH), 2017.

Service and Outside: Editorial service at the Journal of Urban History. Helped hosting conferences such as HASTAC and the UMass Graduate History. Volunteered at independent media groups and worked with printed newspaper, community radio shows, blogging, news interview, and digital/analog photography.

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