Professor Patricia Pinho on Voces Críticas

March 01, 2018

By Alessandra Álvares 

Photo by Jacek Dylag

Latin American and Latino Studies Associate Professor Patricia Pinho, was interviewed by Producer/Associate Professor Sylvanna Falcón on Voces Críticas, KZSC.

Professor Pinho gives a clear and concise account of the controversial state of Politics in Brazil today, largely due to the recent ousting of Brazilian's first female president Dilma Roussef this past August, 2017.

During a heated voting session of 61 against 20 by Senate members, Ms. Rousseff was convicted with charges of "allegedly" manipulating the federal budget, the basis for her impeachment.

Ms. Rousseff's vice president Michel Temer took office and should serve his term until the end of 2018, despite being involved in many scandals himself.

Patricia Pinho's elucidating interview analyzes Brazil's state of affairs then and now. It aired on KZSC  this February and is available on their archive (link below).

mic Hear the interview here.


Pinho's interview was picked up by Paulo Henrique Amorim, a progressive jornalist in Brazil who worked for various main stream media outlets in Brazil such as Abril, Manchete, Bandeirantes, TV Cultura and Globo.

He currently has his independent media portal, Conversa Afiada, where professor Pinho's interview was featured and translated into Portuguese:


Professor Pinho's research and teaching focus on the topics of blackness, whiteness, racism, and forms of resistance to racism in Brazil, and more broadly in Latin America. Her book, Mama Africa: Reinventing Blackness in Bahia (Duke University Press, 2010) traces the ways in which Africa has been imagined and reinvented by Afro-Bahian cultural groups.
Before joining LALS, she taught at SUNY, Albany, and was a post-doc fellow at Amherst College, Yale University and the Open University, UK. She has a PhD in Social Sciences from the Universidade Estadual de Campinas – UNICAMP, Brazil.
Sylvanna Falcón is an associate professor in Latin American and Latino/a studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz.  Falcón earned her Ph.D. from the Department of Sociology with a doctoral emphasis in Feminist Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She joined UC Santa Cruz in 2010. Falcón is the author of Power Interrupted: Antiracist and Feminist Activism Inside the United Nations (University of Washington Press, 2016) and received the Gloria E. Anzaldúa book prize from the National Women’s Studies Association in 2016.
Producer/Host of Voces Críticas Thursdays at 5:30PM on 88.1FM KZSC.

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