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Maria Paula Andrade Diniz de Araujo

Maria Paula Andrade is a first year graduate student in the History Department. She received her Master’s degree in Latin American Studies from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with the thesis entitled, The Catholic Church and the Free Womb Law in Recife, PE, Brazil: An Analysis of Its Social Development, 1870-1878. It examines the discourses and practices of members from the Santa Casa de Misericórdia towards the liberto children of Recife after the promulgation of the free womb law during the late-nineteenth century in Brazil. She is interested in studying the history of motherhood and childhood through racial and cultural perspectives in Latin America.