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 Dissertation Year 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.

Her dissertation, “Expiration Date: Mega-Events and Police Reform in Rio de Janeiro’s Favelas,” is based on 24 months of ethnographic fieldwork conducted between 2012 and 2017 in two neighboring favelas originally considered model communities of a proximity policing program called “pacification.” The pacification program, implemented beginning in 2008, aimed to undermine territorial domination of drug dealers in select favelas in the lead up to the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Her research examines changing social relations in these communities over time in the wake of this state intervention, from early “success” in 2012 to a situation of violence and instability in 2016 and 2017. She develops a theory of intersecting temporalities to make sense of these community-level changes in a way that connects the global to the local. Her dissertation research was 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, Stefanie’s 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 was awarded the 2017-2018 Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation Dissertation Year Fellowship

Stefanie was awarded the 2017-2018 Kellogg Disseration Year Fellowship

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

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

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

Israel de Souza CV