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Natalia Pires de Vasconcelos

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Graduate Student

Natalia Pires de Vasconcelos is a doctoral candidate in sociology at the University of Georgia. Before coming to UGA, she was an assistant professor of law at Insper, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, between 2019 and 2022. Natalia holds a Ph.D. in Law from the University of Sao Paulo and an LLM from Yale Law School. She is a researcher affiliated with the Center for Regulation and Democracy at Insper, Sao Paulo, a Senior Research Fellow at the Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy, Yale Law School, and a researcher and founding member of LAUT- Center for Analysis of Liberty and Authoritarianism. Her areas of study include sociology of law, sociology of health, criminology, sociology of punishment, and prison studies. Her research focuses on the contrasts between the medical and social sciences knowledge on prison exposure, the experiences of people deprived of liberty and their families, and the perceptions and institutional practices of criminal justice bureaucracies and bureaucrats.


Ph.D. candidate in Sociology, University of Georgia.

Master of Laws (LLM), Yale Law School, 2019.

Ph.D. in Public Law, University of São Paulo, 2018.

Bachelor in Social Sciences, University of São Paulo.

Bachelor in Law, University of São Paulo.

Research Interests:

Sociology of law, sociology of health, criminology, sociology of punishment, and prison studies.

Selected Publications:

Published Papers

WANG, DANIEL WEI L.; VASCONCELOS, N.P.; POIRIER, M.; CHIEFFI, A. L.; MONACO, C.; SRITHARAN, L.; KATWYK, S.R.V.; HOFFMAN, S. Health technology assessment and judicial deference to priority-setting decisions in health care: evidence from Brazil. Social Science & Medicine, v. 265, Nov. 2020, available here (English).

VASCONCELOS, N.P.; MACHADO, M.R.; WANG, D.W.L. Covid-19 in prisons: a study of habeas corpus decisions by the São Paulo Court of Justice. Brazilian Journal of Public Administration, 54(5), Sept.–Oct. 2020, available here (English and Portuguese).

VASCONCELOS, N.P. Between justice and public management: interinstitutional collaboration in health litigation. Brazilian Journal of Public Administration, 55(4): 923–949, July–Aug. 2021, available here (English and Portuguese).

Book Reviews

VASCONCELOS, N.P. Book Review: Octavio L. M. Ferraz, Health as a Human Right: The Politics and Judicialisation of Health in Brazil. Modern Law Review, 2021 (English)

 VASCONCELOS, N.P. Book Review: Virgilio Afonso da Silva, The Constitution of Brazil, A Contextual Analysis. Public Law, v. 3, 605–608, 2020 (English)

Of Note:

Graduate School Doctoral Fellows Award recipient, University of Georgia.

Student Fellow at the Global Health Justice Partnership, Yale Law School (2016-17).

Fox International Fellow, at the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, Yale University (2016-17).