Mariana Cavalcanti is Associate Professor in the
Sociology Department of the Institute of Social and Political Studies at the
State University of Rio de Janeiro (IESP/UERJ). She received her PhD in
social/cultural anthropology from the University of Chicago in 2007, and has
co-directed the documentary film Favela
Fabril(2012, 49’). She is also founder and board member of Casa Fluminense, a
civil society association aimed at deepening democracy and reducing
inequalities in the Metropolitan Area of Rio de Janeiro.