I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Princeton University's Department of Politics and the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance, and an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Florida State University (on leave 2017-2018). I earned a Ph.D. in Political Science from The Ohio State University (2016) and an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Brasília (2008). Before coming to Princeton, I was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the International Security Program at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and the Managing Editor of Security Studies. I previously worked as a career diplomat in the Ministry of External Relations of Brazil and an assistant at the Ministry of Defense of Brazil.
My research, which has been supported by the Mershon Center for International Security Studies, explores status in international politics. Working as a diplomat in Brazil during President Lula's administration, I experienced firsthand the search for status. Brazilian foreign policy was then explicitly concerned about status: like other emerging powers, Brazil wanted to be recognized by the great powers as an equal. At the same time, a growing scholarly consensus indicated that status lay at the root of important phenomena such as hegemonic wars. Yet, scholars and practitioners have only a vague idea of what status is and where it comes from. My research engages these crucial debates by investigating the determinants of international status and its implications for the rise of emerging powers.