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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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Latin American Writers Series: Alberto Barrera Tyszka

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Ecuadorian writer and Tulane Visiting Scholar Gabriela Alemán interviews Venezuelan writer Alberto Barrera Tyszka about his life, interests, and influences. Their discussion will be followed by an open Q&A and an informal reception. This event will be held in Spanish.

About the Latin American Writers Series

This series brings together Latin America’s most representative creative voices and the editorial entrepreneurs that publish them. By way of interviews conducted by renowned Ecuadorian writer Gabriela Alemán and presentations of various editorial missions, the guests will shed light on a literary world shaped by the contemporary issues of the continent. Moving forward, their conversations will comprise the centerpiece of a digital archive that introduces their ideas to a global audience.

Este serie reúne a los autores más representativos de la escritura continental y los editores que los publican. A través de entrevistas con la reconocida escritora ecuatoriana Gabriela Alemán y presentaciones de proyectos editoriales, los invitados explorarán los vínculos entre el mundo literario y la realidad continental. Sus conversaciones se convertirán después en el eje de un archivo digital que busca llevar estas ideas a un público global.

About the Author

Born in Caracas, Alberto Barrera Tyszka has published over a dozen works of poetry, short story, chronicle, novel, and biography. His most recent publications include the novels Patria o Muerte (2015) and Rating (2011), the poetic anthology La inquietud (2013), the collection of chronicles Un país a la semana (2013), and the short story collection Crímenes (2009). In 2005, he collaborated with Cristina Marcano to write the definitive biography of Hugo Chávez, Hugo Chávez sin uniforme: una historia personal (2005). Patria o muerte won the 2015 Premio Tusquets de Novela, and his novel La enfermedad, translated into English as The Sickness (2010), received the 2006 Herralde Award. Barrera also writes for television and has scripted soap operas for Venezuelan, Mexican, Colombian, and Argentinian networks.