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Maria Paula Andrade

Maria Paula Andrade is a third-year graduate student (ABD) in the History department. She holds a B.A. in Language Teaching from the Federal University of Pernambuco in Brazil, and an M.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Paula is currently working on her dissertation about state formation in modern Brazil through public health (1845-1909). Her research explores the ways in which the sick and poor helped shape the Brazilian project of state building. She examines how the encounters between the populace and health officials in public health institutions in the city of Recife began to provide unintended but impactful opportunities for the people to develop conceptualizations of health rights, and for the government to learn about its shortcomings on legitimacy. Her advisor is professor Celso Castilho.