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Scholarly biography

I am a feminist critical criminologist, currently writing my first book: 'A New Southern Criminology of Violence, Youth and Policing' (Routledge), which is based on my PhD research at King’s College London (2012-2017), where I am affiliated with the Brazil Institute.

My most recent projects focus on the issues of legitimacy and police violence in Brazil, where I am affiliated with the Nucleo de Estudos da Violencia at the University of Sao Paulo. Prior to this, I was a lecturer in Criminology at the University of Westminster and a research fellow at the Kluge Center, Library of Congress (Washington DC, USA) where I conducted research into recently declassified government documents about international police assistance.

My  research was funded by the Economic and Social Science Research Council (ESRC) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

Research interests

My research is in the areas of criminology, violence, policing and insecurity. My previous work has focused on the politics of crime control, justice and human rights, critical theory, theorising social inequalities relating to class, gender and ethnicity in the context of Brazil. My research has been published in academic journals such as Contemporary Social Science, the Bulletin for Latin American Research and the International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy.

Supervisory Interests

I am interested in supervising students working on the following topics: urban violence, gun control, state crime, Southern Criminology, crime and deviance in Latin America.

Knowledge exchange

I was awarded a CONFAP-The UK Academies visiting researcher grant for the project ‘Building democracy daily: human rights, violence and institutional trust’, which is a collaboration between the University of Sao Paulo and a range of academics at the LSE, Berkley, Oxford and Cambridge Universities [grant number 2016/50430-0].

Approach to teaching

My teaching approach is dynamic, interactive and grounded in the realities of our social world. I draw on material from my research about firearms and policing in Brazilian favela communities, as well as examples from the media, music, film and TV to examine how our ideas about crime and justice influence our perceptions and the world around us. I believe that seminars, workshops and lectures are more thought provoking if people who have conducted their own research are teaching the topics under discussion. Teaching and research complement each other. People who research usually choose to work on topics that they feel passionate about, so this interest and passion becomes reflected in the teaching. 

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, King's College London

1 Sep 20121 Feb 2017

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Research Output 2011 2019

The politics of crime and militarised policing in Brazil

Pessoa Cavalcanti, R. & Garmany, J., 15 May 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Marginalised youth, violence and policing: a qualitative study in Recife, Brazil

Cavalcanti, R., 21 Aug 2018, Youths in Challenging Situations: International and Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Tsekeris, C. & Stylianoudi, L. (eds.).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapterResearchpeer-review

How Brazil’s far right became a dominant political force

Pessoa Cavalcanti, R., 2017

Research output: Other contributionResearch

Open Access

Marginalised youth, violence and policing: a qualitative study in Recife, Brazil

Cavalcanti, R., 12 Oct 2017, In : Contemporary Social Science. 12, 3-4, p. 227-241

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Activities 2015 2019

Criminalising Dissent: A Closing Space for Civil Society?

Raphael Schlembach (Organiser), Deanna Dadusc (Organiser), Roxana Cavalcanti (Organiser)
1 Mar 2019

Activity: EventsConference

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The politics of crime and militarised policing in Brazil

Roxana Cavalcanti (Presenter)
8 May 2019

Activity: External talk or presentationInvited talk

Nucleo de Estudos da Violencia - Universidade de Sao Paulo (NEV-USP)

Roxana Cavalcanti (Visiting researcher)
2018 → …

Activity: Visiting positionVisiting an external academic institution

Nucleo de Estudos da Violencia - Universidade de Sao Paulo (NEV-USP)

Roxana Cavalcanti (Visiting researcher)
2018 → …

Activity: Visiting positionVisiting an external academic institution