Rosana Pinheiro-Machado

Anthropologist, scholar, and writer
Specialized in the informal and illegal economy, poverty, and modernity in Brazil and China
A columnist who writes about Brazilian society and politics

Rosana Pinheiro-Machado is a Brazilian anthropologist from Porto Alegre. As an international scholar, Rosana has already lived in several countries and is currently based in Brazil. She teaches at Federal University of Santa Maria (UFSM) and is a fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. She is also a co-founder of the Comum School of Government.

Before joining UFSM, Pinheiro-Machado was a lecturer at the Oxford Department of International Development, University of Oxford (2013–2016) and a Visiting Scholar in the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University (2012–2013).

Pinheiro-Machado was educated in the Brazilian public and free education system. She studied at the state school Rio Branco (Porto Alegre) and carried out her undergraduate (summa cum laude) and graduate studies at Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (top 1 in the state and within the national top 5). During her PhD, Rosana was awarded the Wenner-Gren foundation (EUA) individual grant for the fieldwork in Paraguay and China. She was also awarded a CAPES fellowship and research honorary position at University College London (UCL) for 1 year.

Based on 10 years of fieldwork, her PhD thesis followed a chain of Chinese (il)legal commodities across the China-Paraguay-Brazil trade circuit and was awarded the most prestigious and impactful academic prizes of Brazil, including the Best Thesis in Brazil given by the Ministry of Education.

Her topics of expertise are international development, intellectual property, piracy and informality, transnationalism, low-income markets (and consumption), poverty, urban peripheries, and modernity in emerging economies (especially the BRICS countries). She has also taught and supervised works on the newest social movements in the 21st century.

Pinheiro-Machado is the author of several books, including Counterfeit Itineraries in the Global South (Routledge, 2017), Made in China (Hucitec, 2011) e China, and Passado e Presente (Artes e Ofícios, 2013). She has consistently published articles in peer-review journals and book chapter (in English, Portuguese, Spanish, French, and Chinese). She has received several invitations to give talks and act as keynote speaker in Latin America, the United States, Europe, and Asia.

Pinheiro-Machado is a feminist academic and struggles for a higher education that is free of harassment, more horizontal, just, democratic, and diverse. She also acts outside Academia by publishing her columns in alternative and mainstream media, engaging in social media, and developing a social project for low-income groups, such as the coordination of the Comum, a Brazilian school of government which aims to develop political leadership and human capital among young people from the peripheries.