Gustavo Onto holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the National Museum (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro), an MA in Sociology from Columbia University (NY, USA) and an Masters in Public Management and Government from Getúlio Vargas Foundation (EAESP, São Paulo). BA in Economics (University of São Paulo). He is currently a Post-Doctoral fellow at the Graduate Program in Sociology and Anthropology of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. He coordinates the research center Documenta - Laboratory of Anthropology of the State, Regulation and Public Policy and acts as an associate researcher of the Center for Research on Culture and Economy (NuCEC). He is a member of the Behavioural Studies Panel at the Brazilian Securities and Exchange Commission (BSEC), where he organizes the Anthropology of Finance Study Group. He was visiting researcher at the École Normale Supérieure (ENS) in Paris and is now a visiting fellow at Copenhagen Business School, in Denmark. He collaborates with the website Estudios de la Economia (http://estudiosdelaeconomia.wordpress.com).
His doctoral research consisted of an ethnographic description of knowledge practices involved in the Brazilian antitrust policy. He is currently developing a large comparative research entitled "Artefacts of regulation: an ethnographic study of documents, archives and communications of the national economic policy". It consists on a comparative and ethnographic account of the regulatory practices of three bodies of the Brazilian executive government - the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Brazilian Central Bank and the Administrative Council for Economic Defense -, taking as focus the practices of production, circulation and organization of documental artefacts common to those organizations.
Areas of interest: Anthropology of Economic Regulation and Policy; Anthropology of Money and Markets; Anthropology of the State and Bureaucracy; Anthropology of Knowledge; Economic History and History of Economic Thought.
Publications in English
ONTO, Gustavo. Corporate personhood and the competitive relation in antitrust. IN: Neiburg and Guyer (eds.) The Real Economy: Essays in Ethnographic Theory. Hau Books/Chicago University Press, pp. 179-202.
ONTO, Gustavo. Competition on paper: artifacts of visualization in antitrust policy. Economic Sociology, The European Electronic Newsletter, v. 20, p. 24-30, 2019.
ONTO, Gustavo; UNDURRAGA, T. ; ARIZTIA, T. . The centrality of lateral economic objects: examples from Latin America. EASST Review, v. 35, p. 23, 2016.
ONTO, Gustavo. Regulation as Cultural Transformation: the “educational role” of the Brazilian competition policy. Revista Direito e Práxis, v. 7, p. 690-715, 2016.
ONTO, Gustavo. The market as lived experience: on the knowledge of markets in antitrust analysis. Vibrant (Florianópolis), v. 11, p. 159-190, 2014.
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