Stefanie Israel de Souza

Stefanie  Israel de Souza

Areas of Study

Urban/Community Sociology, Political Sociology, Social Networks, Cultural Sociology, Brazil


Stefanie is a Kellogg PhD Fellow and PhD Candidate in sociology at Notre Dame. She received her M.T.S. from Palmer Theological Seminary and her B.A. degrees from Linfield College.

For her dissertation research, she is conducting a comparative ethnography of Rio de Janeiro’s pacified favelas. These informal communities are undergoing rapid change on a number of levels as a result of pacification, a proximity policing program aimed at undermining the longstanding territorial domination of heavily armed drug traffickers in select favelas. Her research will explore the social change occurring in four “pacified” communities on very different trajectories. She has been closely following one of these communities since 2012 via summer research trips and plans to return for a year of fieldwork in 2016 to investigate changes that occur surrounding the crucial period of Rio’s hosting of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Her research has been funded by a Fulbright Study-Research Grant, a Social Science Research Council International Dissertation Research Fellowship, and a USAID-Notre Dame Global Development Fellowship.

On the eve of the World Cup in 2014, her research in the favelas unexpectedly intersected with another project she was a part of on protests in Brazil, as she recounts in this write-up she did for the Kellogg Institute.

Recent Awards

Stefanie Israel was awarded the Fulbright Study/Research Grant to fund her dissertation research in Brazil. 

Stefanie Israel was selected as a 2015-2016 USAID-Notre Dame Global Development Fellow. 

Stefanie Israel was awarded the SSRC International Research Dissertation Fellowship for her work in Brazil.

Israel de Souza