Sabrina Fernandes was born in Goiânia, Brazil, in 1988. She has a PhD in Sociology and a Master’s in Political Economy from Carleton University, Canada, and is currently the Head of Research at the Alameda Institute, created to foster engaged and critical research on a transition away from an age of catastrophe. Recently, she was a fellow with the Center for Advanced Latin American Studies at the University of Guadalajara, Mexico, and a fellow of the International Research Group on Authoritarianism and Counter-Strategies of the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, with senior research appointments at at University of Brasília, University of Vienna and Freie Universität Berlin. She has geared her activist, research, and publishing work in the past years towards fighting depoliticisation and advancing efforts towards a just and internationalist ecological transition. She pioneered the digital communication project Tese Onze (“Thesis Eleven”), bridging academic research and activist communication, with over 400,000 subscribers across different online platforms and media output, including podcast and book club. She was a contributing editor at Jacobin Magazine, served as head consulting editor for Jacobin Brasil, and often participates in interviews and articles in a variety of outlets of broad readership in addition to her roles as a public speaker in several countries. Her first book, Sintomas Mórbidos, on political fragmentation in Brazil, came out in 2019 by Autonomia Literária and her second book, Se quiser mudar o mundo, an introduction to radical politics, is already in its seventh printing by Editora Planeta. She is an activist with the Ecosocial Pact from the South in Latin America and a member of the editorial committee of the NACLA Report. She is also responsible for new editions, with original introduction and notes, to Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels’ Communist Manifesto and Karl Marx’s The 18th Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte in Brazil. Her books and articles cover various fields and her publications can be found in English, Portuguese, Spanish and other languages.

Selected recent publications

2020. Se quiser mudar o mundo: um guia político para quem se importa. Editora Planeta.

2019. Sintomas Mórbidos: a encruzilhada da esquerda brasileira. Autonomia Literária.

2023. Sovereignty and the polycrisis. Alameda Institute.

2022. “Right-Wing Authoritarianism Against Nature: The Latin American Context.” In: Global Authoritarianism: Perspectives and Contestations from the Global South, edited by IRGAC. Bielefeld: Transcript.

2022. “An eco-socialist strategy to win the future”. Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung.

2022. (with M. Lowy, B. Akbulut, and G. Kallis) “For an Ecosocialist Degrowth.” Monthly Review 73, no. 11 (2022): 56-58. 

2021. “Ecological Imperialism and Jair Bolsonaro’s Agenda in Brazil.” New Politics 18, no. 3.

2020. “Ecosocialism from the Margins.” NACLA Report on the Americas 52, no. 2 (2022): 137-143.

2020. “Environmental Contradiction: The Need for an Eco-Socialist Paradigm on the Brazilian Left.” In: Challenging the Right, Augmenting the Left, edited by Robert Latham, A.T. Kingsmith, Julian von Bargen, and Niko Block. Halifax: Fernwood Publishing, 2020.

2019 (with J. Grigera, J. R. Webber, L. Abilio, R. Antunes, M. Badaró Mattos, R. Nunes, L. Paulani and S. Purdy) “The long Brazilian Crisis: a forum.” Historical Materialism 27, no. 2: 59-121.

Editorial boards


Revista Jatobá

Peer reviewer

Historical Materialism

Social Movement Studies