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Maria Paula Andrade

Maria Paula Andrade is a third-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. Her MA thesis was entitled The Catholic Church and the Free Womb Law in Recife, PE, Brazil: An Analysis of Its Social Development, 1870-1878. It focuses  on how priests and members from the Catholic brotherhood of the Holy House of Mercy in Recife, Brazil, dealt with the promulgation of the Rio Branco law of 1871- or free womb law- as free children of enslaved women began to be left in their facilities.

Paula is interested in examining state building in Brazil through the development of its public health system during the nineteenth century. She focuses on the province of Pernambuco to understand peripheral practices of state formation in relation to the center of power located in Rio de Janeiro. Her advisor is professor Celso Castilho.