Term Adjunct, Global Development Studies
PhD (Development Sociology) Cornell
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Global Development Studies
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Comparative Race and Ethnicity; Knowledge, Power, and Politics; Coloniality/Decoloniality; Cultural Politics; Multiculturalisms; Brazil, Latin America, and Canada
My research and teaching bring together the sociology of race and ethnicity, the sociology of development, and a focus on the African Diaspora to treat ‘race’ as a world historical category deeply constitutive of the political-economic, epistemological, and cultural processes underlying capitalist development. I examine the intersections of race and development to understand how particular racial formations and challenges to inequality express broader processes and geographies of power that shape racialized experiences of global capitalism. My research accounts for ‘race’ as a constitutive analytical category to the reproduction of hierarchy, exclusion, and inequality within ‘development’. At present, I am completing a single-authored book manuscript that foregrounds culture, knowledge, and epistemology as a significant locus of Black Brazilian contestation of dominant development paradigms and state policy.
I am developing a new research project that focuses on cultural, racial, and material questions surrounding multicultural education policies in Brazil and Canada. In addition, my writing aims to contribute to new understandings within contemporary theory of how difference shapes being, becoming, and development.
DEVS 495/805: Race and Development
CUST 803:Cultural Studies Historiography
(In Progress) From Racial Democracy to Multiculturalism: Black Brazilian Struggles to Decolonize Difference.
Da Costa, Alexandre Emboaba. 2010. “Afro-Brazilian Ancestralidade: Critical Perspectives on Knowledge and Development.” Third World Quarterly. Special issue: Relocating Culture in Development and Development in Culture. 31 (4): 655 – 674.
Da Costa, Alexandre Emboaba. 2010. “Anti-Racism in Movement: Contesting Coloniality through Afro-Brazilian Afoxé.” Journal of Historical Sociology. 23 (3): 372–397.
Da Costa, Alexandre Emboaba. 2010. “Decolonizing Knowledge: Education, Inclusion, and the Afro-Brazilian Anti-racist Struggle.” Pp. 199-214 in Contesting Development: Critical Struggles for Justice and Social Change, Philip McMichael (ed.). New York: Routledge.