Nathalia Louruz de Mello, M.A.

Nathalia Louruz de Mello is a PhD student of the Post-Graduation in Social Sciences at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS), Porto Alegre/Brazil. Her PhD project deals with the sense of belonging of adopted children in social spaces, addressing issues such as social class, race, and gender. Her master's project dealt with the migration of women from Portuguese-speaking African countries to Southern Brazil, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Hermílio Santos (PUCRS). Her research included the educational trajectory of African women who experienced migration to southern Brazil, questioning how they can be empowered through their education and how this is related to gender-based inequalities.

In the current research project “Individual and collective memories of slavery and the slave trade”, she conducts interviews with descendants of African people in Brazil (since 04/2023). She is a member of the Research Group on Biographical Narratives led by Prof. Dr. Hermílio Santos at PUCRS. Her research interests include biographical research, gender, and migration.