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sabrina.fernandes [at] carleton.ca
Sociology PhD working on leftist fragmentation, depoliticization, climate change activism, critical pedagogy and feminist epistemologies.

BIO

ABOUT ME

I have a Ph.D. in Sociology (with a Collaborative option in Political Economy) from Carleton University, an MA in Political Economy from Carleton University, and a BA in Economics (Political Economy Honours) from St. Thomas University. I am currently affiliated with the University of Brasília as a Full Collaborating Researcher.

Interests

Research and Teaching

Marxist Humanism, Political Economy, Critical Pedagogy, Left Politics, Solidarity, Development/Underdevelopment, Brazil and Latin America, Feminist Political Economy, Women and Politics, Reproductive Justice, Women and the City, Right to the City, Education, Ecosocialism.

FACTS

FACTS ABOUT ME

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ACADEMIC HISTORY

EDUCATION
  • 2016
    2012
    Ottawa, ON

    SOCIOLOGY - PHD

    Carleton University

    Supervisor: Dr. Justin Paulson
  • 2012
    2010
    Ottawa, ON

    POLITICAL ECONOMY - MA

    Carleton University

    Supervisor: Dr. Cristina Rojas
  • 2010
    2006
    Fredericton, NB

    ECONOMICS - BA HONS

    St. Thomas University

    Supervisor: Dr. Andrew Secord
ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS
  • 2015
    2014
    Brasília, DF

    JUNIOR COLLABORATING RESEARCHER

    University of Brasília

    Supervisor: Stefan Klein
  • NOW
    2014
    Ottawa, ON

    RESEARCH ASSISTANT

    Carleton University

    Supervisor: Marie-Eve Carrier-Moisan
  • NOW
    2016
    Gatineau, QC

    RESEARCH ASSISTANT

    UQO

    Supervisor: Charmain Levy
  • 2011
    Ottawa, ON

    ASSISTANT RESEARCHER

    Polaris Institute

    Supervisor: Richard Girard
  • 2009
    Fredericton, NB

    RESEARCH ASSISTANT

    University of New Brunswick

    Supervisor: Rebecca Angeles
SELECT HONOURS AND AWARDS
  • 2016
    2015
    Canada

    Ontario Graduate Scholarship

    Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities

  • 2015
    2012
    Canada

    Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship

    SSHRC

  • 2012
    2011
    Canada

    Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (MA)

    SSHRC

  • 2011
    2010
    Canada

    Ontario Graduate Scholarship

    Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities

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PUBLICATIONS

PUBLICATIONS LIST
05 Jan 2017

Crisis of Praxis: Depoliticization and Leftist Fragmentation in Brazil

Canada

This dissertation project focuses on two problems in Brazilian left politics: fragmentation and depoliticization. There is consensus inside the Brazilian left regarding its fragmentation, but little analysis has been done beyond the perception of the organizations and activists involved. The same can be said about depoliticization, explained here through the phenomena of post-politics and ultra-politics, and which is arguably the mark of the difficulties the left has found to mobilize the working class even as it is under attack. This dissertation fills the gap in the literature by addressing these two problems from the Gramscian perspective of a crisis of praxis. The concept of a crisis of praxis is proposed to attend to the misalignment between theory and practice at the leftist organizational level that has led to melancholia and distance from the consciousness of the class. It is argued that without properly addressing fragmentation and depoliticization, the left will have trouble appealing to the working class, especially given the conclusions of a crisis of representation that was exposed in Brazil in June 2013. This project was made possible through the support of SSHRC, the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, Mitacs, Carleton University (GRIT), and OPIRG-Carleton.

Theses Selected Sabrina Fernandes

Crisis of Praxis: Depoliticization and Leftist Fragmentation in Brazil

Sabrina Fernandes Theses Selected

[Download the author’s copy of the dissertation here]

This dissertation project focuses on two problems in Brazilian left politics: fragmentation and depoliticization. There is consensus inside the Brazilian left regarding its fragmentation, but little analysis has been done beyond the perception of the organizations and activists involved. The same can be said about depoliticization, explained here through the phenomena of post-politics and ultra-politics, and which is arguably the mark of the difficulties the left has found to mobilize the working class even as it is under attack. This dissertation fills the gap in the literature by addressing these two problems from the Gramscian perspective of a crisis of praxis. The concept of a crisis of praxis is proposed to attend to the misalignment between theory and practice at the leftist organizational level that has led to melancholia and distance from the consciousness of the class. It is argued that without properly addressing fragmentation and depoliticization, the left will have trouble appealing to the working class, especially given the conclusions of a crisis of representation that was exposed in Brazil in June 2013.

This project was made possible through the support of SSHRC, the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, Mitacs, Carleton University (GRIT), and OPIRG-Carleton.

09 Sep 2011

“Land Deal Brief: Land Grabs Leave Africa Thirsty”. In Understanding Land Investment Deals in Africa. Prepared by the Polaris Institute for the Oakland Institute. Oakland: Oakland Institute.

United States


Non-peer-reviewed publications Sabrina Fernandes, Girard, Richard

“Land Deal Brief: Land Grabs Leave Africa Thirsty”. In Understanding Land Investment Deals in Africa. Prepared by the Polaris Institute for the Oakland Institute. Oakland: Oakland Institute.

Sabrina Fernandes, Girard, Richard Non-peer-reviewed publications
09 Sep 2011

“Land Deal Brief: The Role of False Climate Change Solutions”. In Understanding Land Investment Deals in Africa. Prepared by the Polaris Institute for the Oakland Institute. Oakland: Oakland Institute.

United States


Non-peer-reviewed publications Sabrina Fernandes, Girard, Richard

“Land Deal Brief: The Role of False Climate Change Solutions”. In Understanding Land Investment Deals in Africa. Prepared by the Polaris Institute for the Oakland Institute. Oakland: Oakland Institute.

Sabrina Fernandes, Girard, Richard Non-peer-reviewed publications
01 Aug 2012

Fernandes, Sabrina. Dilma Rousseff and the challenge of fighting patriarchy through political representation in Brazil. Journal of International Women’s Studies 13, No. 3.

United States

Dilma Rousseff is the first woman elected head of state of Brazil. Although her election carries symbolism for Brazilian women, claims of women's emancipationthrough representation must be questioned through an analysis of the Brazilian patriarchal state. This paper examines the claim that Rousseff‟s election opens doors for all Brazilian women. The research involves analysis of electoral statistics, media frames,and government documents, which show that, in spite of a woman president, women'srepresentation in Brazilian government is still low in numbers and in the state agenda.The literature suggests that masculine gender hegemony and the presence of a patriarchalstate undermine the creation of possibilities through women‟s political representation. Rousseff's weak campaign positions on gender issues indicate that her election‟s potential for substantive representation is still limited.

Peer-reviewed Articles Sabrina Fernandes

Fernandes, Sabrina. Dilma Rousseff and the challenge of fighting patriarchy through political representation in Brazil. Journal of International Women’s Studies 13, No. 3.

Sabrina Fernandes Peer-reviewed Articles
01 Jul 2012

The cursinho industry and the advancement of the neoliberal agenda for access to education in Brazil: a case study in the city of Goiânia

Canada


Theses Sabrina Fernandes

The cursinho industry and the advancement of the neoliberal agenda for access to education in Brazil: a case study in the city of Goiânia

Sabrina Fernandes Theses

MA Thesis in Political Economy at Carleton University
Supervisor: Dr. Cristina Rojas

05 Oct 2015

Neoliberalization of education in Brazil: the impact of cursinhos and the private sector on pedagogical practices and access to university. Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies 40, No. 3.

Canada

The normalization of a profitable industry of preparatory courses (cursinhos) for the Brazilian university entrance exams vestibular and “ENEM” contributes to one more access barrier to higher education, in addition to factors such as race and class. The case study of the cursinho industry in the city of Goiânia, holder of the highest Gini coefficient of Latin America, demonstrates how cursinho institutions are perceived as a determinant factor to access public universities and have contributed to social and educational inequality. The cursinho industry is shown to originate in the advancement of the human capital paradigm as well as the continuous reliance on the private sector to access services that are otherwise neglected or made precarious by the state. This issue is examined through a critique of neoliberalism and a Marxist critical pedagogical perspective to examine the relationship between the private sector of education and pedagogical practices in Brazil.

Peer-reviewed Articles Sabrina Fernandes

Neoliberalization of education in Brazil: the impact of cursinhos and the private sector on pedagogical practices and access to university. Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies 40, No. 3.

Sabrina Fernandes Peer-reviewed Articles

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/08263663.2015.1090704

01 Jan 2017

Post-political populism in Brazil


Works-in-progress Sabrina Fernandes, Paulson, Justin

Post-political populism in Brazil

Sabrina Fernandes, Paulson, Justin Works-in-progress
01 Jan 2013

Book Review: Broke But Unbroken: Grassroots Social Movements and their solutions to poverty. Alternate Routes: A Journal of Critical Social Research 24.

Canada


Book Reviews Selected Sabrina Fernandes

Book Review: Broke But Unbroken: Grassroots Social Movements and their solutions to poverty. Alternate Routes: A Journal of Critical Social Research 24.

Sabrina Fernandes Book Reviews Selected
07 Aug 2013

TITLE OF PUBLICATIONThe World Bank’s position on early child education in Brazil: a critical assessment of contributions and shortcomings. Journal of Education Policy 29, No. 2, pp. 263-279

United Kingdom

In 2010, the World Bank published a policy study on early child education (ECE) developments in Brazil, entitled Early Child Education: Making Programs Work for Brazil’s Most Important Generation. Development. This paper analyses the report’s assessment of ECE policy in Brazil as well as the recommendations it provides. A critical analysis of ECE shows that the report’s insistence that financial constraints necessitate a trade-off between coverage and quality privileges the influence and position of the private sector and urges public–private partnerships as a cost-saving strategy. While it commends the Brazilian Government for its commitment to universal access to preschool, it argues for more targeted investment in quality rather than access. This paper argues that the quality-coverage debate should be set aside and overall investment in ECE should be increased. It also argues that issues excluded from the report such as disability, race and rural access to ECE must be considered in the development of sound social policy.

Peer-reviewed Articles Sabrina Fernandes

TITLE OF PUBLICATIONThe World Bank’s position on early child education in Brazil: a critical assessment of contributions and shortcomings. Journal of Education Policy 29, No. 2, pp. 263-279

Sabrina Fernandes Peer-reviewed Articles
20 Sep 2014

Critical reflections on the Bologna process from the perspective of Herbert Marcuse’s and Paulo Freire’s contributions. Constelaciones: Revista de Teoría Crítica 6.

Spain

The present article, departing from the critical theories elaborated by Herbert Marcuse as well as Paulo Freire, the first one concerned with an overall diagnosis on what he called advanced industrial society, the second with ques-tions surrounding the possibilities of an emancipatory education, aims to take on a critical viewpoint on some aspects of the Bologna Process. The focus was directed to the influence exercised by the labour market, assessed through the analysis of official documentation (communiqués) that orient its implemen-tation and development, with special attention dedicated to the role taken on by the concepts of employability and lifelong learning.

Peer-reviewed Articles Stefan Klein, Fernandes, Sabrina

Critical reflections on the Bologna process from the perspective of Herbert Marcuse’s and Paulo Freire’s contributions. Constelaciones: Revista de Teoría Crítica 6.

Stefan Klein, Fernandes, Sabrina Peer-reviewed Articles
01 May 2010

The Political Economy of Conflict and Hydroelectricity in Brazil: A Case Study of the Madeira River Dams

Canada


Theses Sabrina Fernandes

The Political Economy of Conflict and Hydroelectricity in Brazil: A Case Study of the Madeira River Dams

Sabrina Fernandes Theses

Honours Thesis in Political Economy at St. Thomas University
Supervisor: Dr. Andrew Secord

09 Sep 2011

“Uncle Slim: The world’s richest man.” In Outing the Oligarchy: Billionaires Who Benefit From Today’s Climate Crisis. San Francisco: International Forum on Globalization.

United States


Non-peer-reviewed publications Sabrina Fernandes, Girard, Richard

“Uncle Slim: The world’s richest man.” In Outing the Oligarchy: Billionaires Who Benefit From Today’s Climate Crisis. San Francisco: International Forum on Globalization.

Sabrina Fernandes, Girard, Richard Non-peer-reviewed publications
01 Jul 2011

Fernandes, Sabrina and Richard Girard. Corporations, Climate and the United Nations: How Big Business has Seized Control of Global Climate Negotiations. Ottawa: Polaris Institute.

Canada


Non-peer-reviewed publications Sabrina Fernandes, Girard, Richard

Fernandes, Sabrina and Richard Girard. Corporations, Climate and the United Nations: How Big Business has Seized Control of Global Climate Negotiations. Ottawa: Polaris Institute.

Sabrina Fernandes, Girard, Richard Non-peer-reviewed publications
01 Apr 2016

Critical pedagogy as Marxist Humanist praxis. Educação & Sociedade Vol. 37, No. 135, pp. 481-496.

Brazil

This article aims to explore the theoretical and philosophical basis of critical pedagogy in Marxist Humanism by analyzing the concept of (revolutionary) praxis and investigating the role of solidarity in overcoming oppression. More to the point, it attempts to examine the extensive theoretical work on Marxist Humanism and to find out how the visions about oppression, alienation, liberation and revolution are essentially linked to the concept of praxis, which is central to the critical pedagogy of Paulo Freire. Solidarity, which is usually presented tangentially to the discussion, becomes one of the key points of the argument, emphasizing totality and community when referring to liberation aimed to abolition and overcoming (aufheben).

Peer-reviewed Articles Sabrina Fernandes

Critical pedagogy as Marxist Humanist praxis. Educação & Sociedade Vol. 37, No. 135, pp. 481-496.

Sabrina Fernandes Peer-reviewed Articles
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RESEARCH

RESEARCH PROJECTS

Depoliticization and leftist fragmentation in Brazil

Doctoral research

This dissertation project focuses on two problems in Brazilian left politics: fragmentation and depoliticization. There is consensus inside the Brazilian left regarding its fragmentation, but little analysis has been done beyond the perception of the organizations and activists involved. The same can be said about depoliticization, explained here through the phenomena of post-politics and ultra-politics, and which is arguably the mark of the difficulties the left has found to mobilize the working class even as it is under attack. This dissertation fills the gap in the literature by addressing these two problems from the Gramscian perspective of a crisis of praxis. The concept of a crisis of praxis is proposed to attend to the misalignment between theory and practice at the leftist organizational level that has led to melancholia and distance from the consciousness of the class. It is argued that without properly addressing fragmentation and depoliticization, the left will have trouble appealing to the working class, especially given the conclusions of a crisis of representation that was exposed in Brazil in June 2013.

Neoliberalization of education in Brazil and the private cursinho sector

MA research

Coming soon

The political economy of the conflict behind the Madeira River Hydroelectric project in Brazil

BA Hons Research

Coming soon
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TEACHING

TEACHING HISTORY
  • 2014
    Ottawa, ON

    TEACHING ASSISTANT

    Carleton University

    ANTH 2670 – Ethnography of Brazil
  • 2014
    Ottawa, ON

    TEACHING ASSISTANT

    Carleton University

    SOCI 3300 – Sociology of Education
  • 2012
    Ottawa, ON

    TEACHING ASSISTANT

    Carleton University

    SOCI 1001 – Introduction to Sociology
  • 2010-2011
    2011-2012
    Ottawa, ON

    TEACHING ASSISTANT

    Carleton University

    ECON 1000 – Introduction to Economics
  • 2009
    2008
    Fredericton, NB

    TEACHING ASSISTANT

    University of New Brunswick

    ADM 3713 – E-commerce
GUEST LECTURES
  • 2014
    Ottawa, ON

    GUEST LECTURER

    Carleton University

    The right to the city and mega-events (ANTH 2670)
  • 2014
    Ottawa, ON

    GUEST LECTURER

    Carleton University

    #vemprarua: The use of social media to protest in Brazil - Making sense of the contradictions around the Internet, social discontent, and democratic ideals (ANTH 2690)
  • 2015
    Brasília, DF

    GUEST LECTURER

    Rede Jubileu Sul

    Introduction to the theory of the State (Guest lecture invited by the Rede Jubileu Sul Institute in Brasília, Brazil – general audience)
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