Luiz Vilaça




International Development, Political Sociology, Social Movements


Luiz Vilaça is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology and a Kellogg Ph.D. Fellow at the University of Notre Dame. His research cuts across Sociology of Law, Organizations, and Politics, and seeks to explain how investigative bureaucracies build capacities to fight corruption in the highest levels of government, given that the political elites who empower these agencies may become victims of prosecution. Drawing on over 100 original interviews with federal prosecutors, detectives, judges, and politicians in Brazil, his dissertation provides one of the first on-the-ground accounts of how investigators dismantle corruption schemes.


Title: "Beyond Elites and Movements: Investigative Bureaucracies and Anti-Corruption Reform in Brazil"
Committee: Erin McDonnell (co-chair), Ann Mische (co-chair), Rory McVeigh, Aníbal Pérez-Liñan