Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research
Phone: +49 (0)203 379-5247
Fax: +49 (0)203 379-5276
Federal University of Goiás
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Faculty of Social Sciences
University of Brasília
Senior collaborator researcher
Centre for Women's Studies
09/2020 - 06/2021
Independent consultant, working for organisations such as CEJIL, WIEGO, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, IPAS, etc.
09/2019 - 08/2020
Schulich Law School
05/2018 - 08/2019
Mauro Menezes e Advogados Associados
04/2016 - 04/2018
Inter-American Court of Human Rights
Special Legal Adviser
- Law and Society Association
- Latin American Studies Association
- Brazilian Political Science Association
- International Studies Association
- Translocal Law Research Collective
- International Research Collaborative on Self-managed abortion in Law, Politics and Policy (Co-organiser)
- Margarida Alves Collective for People's Legal Aid
Research Project at the Centre
Activists as Experts in Reproductive Care
Self-managed abortion (SMA) is the sourcing and use of abortion pills to terminate a pregnancy outside formal healthcare systems. While the practice is today widely recognized as safe by medical institutions worldwide, it was not developed within them or by health experts. Brazilian women are credited as the first ones to use the medication misoprostol to induce abortions in the informal setting back in the 1980s. Decades later, taking advantage of this knowledge, feminist activists have carved the space for abortion care in places where it is restricted by law, stigma or lack of resources. Under this novel approach, SMA encompasses a wide range of interventions that include the provision of accurate and reliable information through hotlines, e-mails, telephone apps, online chats and forums; direct provision of medicine or referral to pharmacies or trusted suppliers; personal accompaniment and face-to-face interaction throughout the abortion. These interventions “meet people where they are”, strengthening their capacities to manage their abortions safely and effectively, at their place of choice. In this project, I examine how self-managed abortion activists, working in sites as diverse as Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa and Europe, produce knowledge about abortion care through direct action. In doing so, these activists challenge who counts as an expert in the field of reproductive care, defying hierarchies and exclusionary appropriation of medical and legal knowledge while also creating alternative models of public policy.
- Global Scholars Academy, Institute for Global Law and Policy, Harvard University (2023; 2021)
- FUNAPE - Programa de Apoio ao Jovem Pesquisador (2022)
- New Voices Fellowship, Aspen Institute (2021)
- Dissertation Writing Fellowship, Politics Department/New School for Social Research
- International Doctoral Fellowship, American Association of University Women - AAUW
- Fulbright/CAPES, PhD studies in the USA
Reprodução social como trabalho e condição de existência: entrevista com Silvia Federici (with Eliane Gonçalves). Sociedade e Cultura 25:e74680, 2022.
Social inequalities in utilization of a feminist telehealth abortion service in Brazil: A multilevel analysis (with Sara Larrea, Laia Palència e Carme Borrell). Frontiers in Reproductive Health 4:1040640, 2022.
Abortion Care in Times of Crisis: An Autonomous Feminist Model in Latin America and the Caribbean (with Oriana López Uribe, Ruth Zurbriggen e Verónica Vera). In: Psychosocial Perspectives on Community Responses to Covid-19. Routledge, 2022.
Exposing Abortion-Related Obstetric Violence Through Activism in Latin America and the Caribbean (with Sara Larrea). In: Obstetric Violence. Demeter Press, 2022.
Misoprostol on trial in Brazil: A descriptive study of the criminalization of an essential medicine. Cadernos de Saúde Pública 37(10):e00272520, 2021.
Abortion rights beyond the medico-legal paradigm (with Joanna Erdman). Global Public Health 17(10):2235-2250, 2021.
In the Name of Public Health: Misoprostol and the New Criminalization of Abortion in Brazil (with Joanna Erdman). Journal of Law and the Biosciences 8(1):lsab009, 2021.
“We Are in Quarantine, But Caring Does Not Stop”: Mutual Aid as Radical Care in Brazil (with Carolina Moraes and Juma Santos). Feminist Studies 47(1):639-652, 2021.
Strategic Litigation in Brazil: An Exploration into the Translocalization of a Legal Practice’. Transnational Legal Theory 12(3):360-389, 2021.
“Hospitals have some procedures that seem dehumanising to me”: Experiences of abortion-related obstetric violence in Brazil, Chile and Ecuador (with sara Larrea and Camila Ochoa Mendonza). Agenda 35(3):54-68, 2021.
Why self-managed abortion is so much more than a provisional solution for time of pandemic (with Sara Larrea). Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters 28(1):1-3, 2020.
Liberating Abortion Pills in Legally Restricted Settings: Activism as Public Criminology. In: The Routledge International Handbook of Public Criminologies. Routledge, 2020.