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Maria Paula Andrade Diniz de Araujo

Maria Paula Andrade is a second-year graduate student in the History Department. She received a B.A. in Languages- Portuguese and English Teaching from the Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE) in Brazil in 2013. She also holds a 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 Catholic brotherhood Santa Casa de Misericórdia towards children liberated from the slave womb after the promulgation of the Rio Branco Law in 1871, also known as the free womb law. Paula is interested in studying the social impact of the Catholic Church in late 19th-century Brazil and its role in the empire during the final decades of slavery in that country.  Her advisor is professor Celso Castilho.