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Farah Schwartzman

Farah Schwartzman

Associate Professor in Sociology, University of Toronto
I am an associate professor at the Sociology department at the University of Toronto. I grew up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where I did my bachelor's degree in economics at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, after which I moved to the US for my graduate studies, and subsequently to Canada, where I live and work now. I have a Masters degree in Latin American Studies from Stanford University and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. My research is about how ideas and categories related to race and ethnicity and other categories of difference (social class, gender, etc) influence how individuals, institutions and societies do things that exacerbate or diminish inequality. While much of my work is focused on Brazil, I have studied other national contexts as well. One line of my research is about how ideas about race and ethnicity operate in the context of efforts by governments and other institutions to track racial and ethnic inequality and to promote diversity and multiculturalist policies. A second line of research is about how to use statistics on racial and ethnic inequality without abandoning the idea that race is a social construction. A third line of research is about the relationship between race, ethnicity and the construction of nation-states (as political and imagined communities) in the Americas. I teach courses in sociology and criminology, on topics related to race/racism, inequality, violence, and the politics of drugs, where I take a transnational and global perspective.

Biden and Trump ignore how the war on drugs fuels violence in Latin America

Oct 29, 2020 09:57 am UTC| Politics

In the final presidential debate before the United States election, Democrat Joe Biden acknowledged the harmful effects of the war on drugs on racial minorities in the U.S. due to incarceration and police violence, and...

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