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Gladys L. Mitchell-Walthour

Assistant Professor of Public Policy & Political Economy, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Chapter Leader: Wisconsin SSN
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Mitchell-Walthour's research focuses on Afro-Brazilian political behavior, racial attitudes, discrimination, affirmative action, Bolsa Familia (a social welfare program), and Afro-Brazilian women, and intersectionality. Mitchell-Walthour is the Vice-President of the Brazil Studies Association.

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Interview on the impact of Covid-19 on Black communities in Brazil and the USA Gladys L. Mitchell-Walthour, Estadão, April 26, 2020.


Race and the Politics of Knowledge Production Diaspora and Black Transnational Scholarship in the United States and Brazil (with Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman) (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).

Examines Afro-Brazilian researchers' transnational experiences in the United States and African descendant U.S. scholars' experiences in Brazil.

"The Endogeneity of Race: Choosing Blackness in Salvador and São Paulo, Brazil." (with William Darity Jr.). Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies 9, no. 3 (2014).

Examines race as both a dependent and independent variable in research on race in Brazil and the implications of endogeneity on studies of race in the United States.

The Politics of Blackness: Racial Identity and Political behavior in Contemporary Brazil (Cambridge University Press, 2018).

Uses an intersectional approach to analyze  the impact of the experience of race on Afro-Brazilian political behavior in the cities of Salvador, São Paulo, and Rio de Janeiro. Seeks to explain Afro-Brazilian political behavior with a focus on affirmative action policy and Law 10.639 (which requires that African and Afro-Brazilian history be taught in schools).

"Economic Pessimism and Racial Discrimination in Brazil" Journal of Black Studies 48, no. 7 (2017): 675-697.

Finds that Afro-Brazilians who have experienced racial discrimination are more likely to believe they are now doing well economically compared to those who have not experienced racial discrimination.