About

Short Bio


Moisés Kopper earned his Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Brazil. He was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Center for Metropolitan Studies/CEBRAP/USP (São Paulo, 2016-2017); a research fellow at Princeton University (USA, 2014-2015); and Universidad Nacional de San Martín (Argentina, 2011). He is currently a post-doctoral researcher at the Max-Planck-Institute for the Study of Societies, Germany, and a Lecturer in the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Cologne.


His research has been supported by grants from the Humboldt Foundation (Germany), Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq, Brazil), Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES, Brazil), the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP, Brazil). Kopper has published in scientific journals in the USA, Brazil, and Argentina. He has presented his work in numerous international conferences.


Kopper's main research and teaching interests center on Ethnography and Social Theory, Urban anthropology, Political and Economic Anthropology, Class, Hope and Social Mobility, Neoliberalism and Statecraft, Popular Culture, Housing Policies (with a regional focus on Latin America and Brazil).

Education

2017 - current

Postdoctoral Researcher

Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (MPIfG)


"'My House, My Life': The political economy of low-income housing in Brazil"


Advisor: Professor Jens Beckert

2016 - 2017

Postdoctoral Researcher

Center for Metropolitan Studies/CEBRAP/USP


"From the Hilltops to the Asphalt: the politics of mobility and middle-class housing in Contemporary Brazil"


Advisor: Professor Adrian Lavalle

Bachelor's Degree

SOCIAL SCIENCES

Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul


"Participatory Democracy and the Art of Rhetoric: Agency among Community Leaders in Porto Alegre, Brazil"


Advisor: Professor Arlei S. Damo

2005 - 2009

Master's Degree

SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGY

Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul


"From Street Vendors to Tradesmen: The Making of a Popular Shopping Mall in Porto Alegre, Brazil"


Advisor: Professor Arlei S. Damo

2010 - 2012

Ph.D.

SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGY

Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul


"Architectures of Hope: An Ethnography of Economic Mobility in Contemporary Brazil"


Advisor: Professor Arlei S. Damo

Co-Advisor: Professor João G. Biehl

2012 - 2016

ABOUT


Moisés Kopper holds a Ph.D. and a Master's Degree in Social Anthropology. He is a postdoctoral researcher at the Max-Planck-Institute for the Study of Societies, Germany.


CONTACT DETAILS


kopper@mpifg.de


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