Areas of Study
Political Sociology, Organizations, State Administration and Policy Process, Social Movements
Luiz Vilaça is a PhD student at the University of Notre Dame and a Kellogg PhD Fellow. His research cuts across organizational, political, and cultural sociology. His work focuses on anti-corruption reform, institutional change, and the effects of corruption investigations on public opinion. In particular, he examines how anti-corruption institutions build capacities to investigate white-collar crimes, and how these institutions fend off external threats by increasing the visibility of investigations. His research combines an in-depth case study of the “Car Wash” Operation in Brazil with comparative historical analyses of anti-corruption institutions in multiple countries, including Italy, Mexico, and Indonesia.