I am a professor on the Postgraduate Program in Social Anthropology (PPGAS) at the National Museum, UFRJ (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro). I am a lead researcher for the National Scientific and Technological Development Council (CNPq). With Fernando Rabossi, I coordinate the Centre for Research on Culture and Economy (NuCEC). I trained in Social Anthropology in Mexico, completed by MA in Buenos Aires and my PhD at the National Museum in Rio de Janeiro. I have carried out field research in Mexico, Argentina, Brazil and Haiti. At the present moment most of my interests are concentrated in three main lines of investigation (in each of which I have cultivated a spirit of collective work, bringing together teams formed by more experienced colleagues and young researchers):
. The Haiti Project. Begun in 2007 with the participation of a team of MA, doctoral and postdoctoral researchers, aims to comprehend the social dynamics of Haiti’s national space within a comparative perspective. Topics covered include currencies and markets, family and political dynamics, mobility and the circulation of people, objects and money.
. Professionals and pedagogies of the economy. Here I am studying the complex articulations between academic and ordinary practices and theories, and the elaboration and circulation of devices used to learn about and govern the economy, such as indicators (for inflation, risk, etc.) or laws (as those of economy emergencies), and so on.
. Ordinary economic practices and contemporary forms of government. My objective with this line of research is to develop an ethnographic and comparative study of the equally multiple ways through which ordinary economic practices are created, create or challenge government forms and devices. This project is coordinated with Benoit de l’Estoile (CNRS, École Normale Supérieure) as part of a CAPES-COFECUB international cooperation agreement (http://www.nucec.net/ecogov.html).
At the moment I am preparing four collective publications that express some of the results achieved in these projects so far:
. A special issue for Hau, Journal of Ethnographic Theory: “The Real Economy: Ethnographic Inquiries into the Reality and the Realization of Economic Life,” edited with Jane Guyer (Johns Hopkins University).
. The book Conversações Etnográficas Haitianas, edited by myself with chapters by members of the Haiti Project.
. The book The Cultural History of Money, The Age of Empires 1820-1920, edited with Nigel Dodd (London School of Economics) and Bill Maurer (University of California, Irvine), due to be published by Bloomsbury Press.
My recent publications include:
“Serendipitous Involvement. Making Peace in the Guèto.” In press, in Didier Fassin (ed.), If Truth be Told. The Politics of Public Ethnography. Duke University Press, 2017.
“A true coin of their dreams: Imaginary monies in Haiti (The 2010 Sidney Mintz Lecture).” Hau. Journal of Ethnographic Theory (6) 1: 75-93 2016.
In parallel, I am working on a book on the ethnography of monetary imbalances and economic crises, combining my previous research on the social and cultural history of inflation in Argentina and Brazil, my work on Haitian monetary pluralities, and my recent interest in economic crises and emergencies.
Some of my publications can be found at:
My complete CV is at: http://buscatextual.cnpq.br/buscatextual/visualizacv.do?id=K4784793Y