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Natalia Pires de Vasconcelos

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Graduate Student

Natalia is graduate student in sociology at the University of Georgia. Before coming to UGA, she was an assistant professor of law at Insper, Sao Paulo, between 2019 and 2022. Natalia holds a Ph.D. in Law from the University of Sao Paulo and an LLM from Yale Law School. She is a researcher affiliated with the Center for Regulation and Democracy at Insper/Sao Paulo, and a researcher and founding member of LAUT- Center for Analysis of Liberty and Authoritarianism. She was a Senior Research Fellow at the Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy, and a Student Fellow at the Global Health Justice Partnership, both at Yale Law School, a Fox Fellow at the Macmillan Center for International and Area Studies, at Yale University, and a visiting scholar at the University of Georgia Law School. Her areas of study include sociology of law, medical sociology, and criminology.


Ph.D. student in Sociology, University of Georgia.

Master of Laws (LLM), Yale Law School, 2019.

Ph.D. in Public Law, University of São Paulo, 2018.

Bachelor in Social Sciences, University of São Paulo.

Bachelor in Law, University of São Paulo.

Research Interests:

Sociology of law, sociology of health, criminology, sociology of punishment, and prison studies.

Selected Publications:

Published Papers

VASCONCELOS, N. P. (2023). Business as Usual: Inequality and Health Litigation during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Brazil. In Beyond the Virus (pp. 137-163). Bristol University Press, available here (English).

VASCONCELOS, N.P. (2021) Between justice and public management: interinstitutional collaboration in health litigation. Brazilian Journal of Public Administration, 55(4): 923–949, July–Aug., available here (English and Portuguese).

WANG, DANIEL WEI L.; VASCONCELOS, N.P.; POIRIER, M.; CHIEFFI, A. L.; MONACO, C.; SRITHARAN, L.; KATWYK, S.R.V.; HOFFMAN, S. (2020) Health technology assessment and judicial deference to priority-setting decisions in health care: evidence from Brazil. Social Science & Medicine, v. 265, Nov. 2020, available here (English).

VASCONCELOS, N.P.; MACHADO, M.R.; WANG, D.W.L. (2020) Covid-19 in prisons: a study of habeas corpus decisions by the São Paulo Court of Justice. Brazilian Journal of Public Administration, 54(5), Sept.–Oct. 2020, available here (English and Portuguese).

Book Reviews

VASCONCELOS, N.P. (2021) Book Review: Octavio L. M. Ferraz, Health as a Human Right: The Politics and Judicialisation of Health in Brazil. Modern Law Review, available here (English).

VASCONCELOS, N.P. (2020) Book Review: Virgilio Afonso da Silva, The Constitution of Brazil, A Contextual Analysis. Public Law, v. 3, 605–608 (English).

Of Note:

Graduate School Doctoral Fellows Award recipient, University of Georgia.

Visiting Professor at St. Gallen University (2020).

Visiting Scholar at University of Georgia Law School (2020).

Senior Research Fellow at the Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy, Yale Law School (2020-2022).

Student Fellow at the Global Health Justice Partnership, Yale Law School (2016-17).

Fox International Fellow, at the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, Yale University (2016-17).