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Tulane University

David De Micheli

CIPR Post-Doctoral Fellow

David De Micheli is a postdoctoral fellow with the Center for Inter-American Policy and Research at Tulane University. He received his PhD from the Department of Government at Cornell University in 2019. His research interests include comparative politics, ethnic and identity politics, inequality, and citizenship, with a regional focus on Latin America.

David is currently preparing a book manuscript based on his dissertation, which leverages a phenomenon of racial reclassification in Brazil to shed new light on the processes of political identity formation. Brazil’s history of race mixture and its fluid racial boundaries have long led Brazilians to cross those boundaries and reclassify towards whiteness. But in recent decades Brazilians have demonstrated a marked and newfound tendency to reclassify instead towards blackness. Drawing on 15 months of qualitative field research, quantitative analysis of official census data, and original survey and experimental data, I argue that this sudden reversal in patterns of racial identification are the unintended consequence of expanded access to secondary and university education for lower-class citizens, which has increased their exposure to racialized inequalities and led many to develop a racialized political consciousness and choose blackness. An article version of this research was awarded Best Graduate Student Paper by REPAL, the Network for the Study of Political Economy in Latin America.

David’s fieldwork and dissertation research have been funded by the National Science and Fulbright-Hays Foundations, as well as the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies and Center for the Study of Inequality at Cornell. An article related to his research interests in race and social policy in Brazil was published in Latin American Politics and Society and can be read here. More information about other current research can be found on his website.







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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