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Tulane University

Stefanie Israel de Souza

CIPR Post-Doctoral Fellow

Stefanie Israel de Souza is a sociologist with research interests in comparative urban marginality, criminology, culture, political sociology, social movements, race and ethnicity, and qualitative methods. She received her PhD from Notre Dame in 2019. At Notre Dame, she was also a PhD Fellow and Dissertation Year Fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, which honored her with the 2019 Kellogg Award for Outstanding Doctoral Student Contributions.

Stefanie is currently working on a book manuscript based on her dissertation project, Expiration Date: Mega-Events and Police Reform in Rio de Janeiro’s Favelas. Expiration Date is a longitudinal ethnography of Rio’s favela “pacification” program, a proximity policing initiative that explicitly aimed to regain the state monopoly of violence in select favelas controlled by drug gangs in the lead up to the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Drawing on 27 months of ethnographic research conducted from the height of the program’s apparent success in 2012 to the post-Olympic fallout of 2017, the book analyzes how police-community-drug dealer relations in the favela evolve as mega-events come and go and the pacification initiative’s anticipated “expiration date” of 2016 draws near.

Stefanie’s research has been funded by the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, Fulbright, and the United States Agency for International Development. An article based on her research at the height of the pacification initiative’s apparent success has been published in Sociological Forum.







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FLAS Summer Fellowship Application Deadline: February 14th, 2020

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The Stone Center for Latin American Studies receives funding from the U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI program for Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships. FLAS fellowships administered by the Stone Center are available to undergraduate and graduate students for the intensive study over the summer of Kaqchikel Maya, Portuguese, or another less-commonly taught Latin American language. Graduate students wishing to engage in intensive study of such a language are encouraged to apply for one of these fellowships. Only U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible to apply; and only intensive summer language programs that meet the FLAS guidelines will be considered. A listing of some of the approved programs is prepared by CLASP and available on-line. Program information and application packets for Tulane sponsored summer language programs can be found here.

The following FAQs offer further information on the application process and program guidelines for undergraduates and graduates respectively:

Summer FLAS FAQ for Undergraduates
Summer FLAS FAQ for Graduate Students

The Stone Center staff held an on-line information session on Wednesday, January 15, 2020. You can access the video and PowerPoint presentation here: FLAS SUMMER APPLICATION MATERIALS for 2020 All materials are PDF files, forms are in fillable PDF format.

All application materials, including the faculty recommendation form, proposal narrative, and financial need statement or FAFSA EFC, should be submitted electronically by email according to the application guidelines. Please review these guidelines carefully.

For questions regarding the FLAS Fellowship, please contact Dr. Jimmy Huck by email at OR Valerie McGinley at