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Gabrielle Oliveira

Jorge Paulo Lemann Associate Professor of Education and of Brazil Studies

Gabrielle Oliveira

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Phone:  617.998.1552
Vitae/CV:   Gabrielle Oliveira.pdf
Office:  Larsen 309
Faculty Coordinator:  Ela Sikorska


Gabrielle Oliveira’s research focuses on immigration and mobility — on how people move, adapt, and parent across borders. Her expertise includes gender, anthropology, transnationalism across the Americas. Merging the fields of anthropology and education through ethnographic work in multiple countries, Oliveira also studies the educational trajectories of immigrant children. She is the author of Motherhood Across Borders: Immigrants and their Children in Mexico and in New York City (NYU Press). The book has won the inaugural Erickson and Hornberger Book Award by the University of Pennsylvania's Ethnography Forum and the award for book of the year by the Council of Anthropology and Education. 

Originally from São Paulo, Brazil, Oliveira received her M.A. and Ph.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City. She was the recipient of the National Academy of Education/ Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, and she has been also awarded a postdoc fellowship from the National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation to study the consequences of the 2018 zero-tolerance policy on family separation under the Trump Administration. Oliveira is also part of a group called "Colectiva Infancias" that has won a grant from the National Geographic Foundation to assemble a public-facing website on the stories of immigrant children who migrate within the Americas.

Oliveira has been engaged in studying Brazilian migration to Massachusetts and has extensively focused on how immigrant children and families navigate newfound educational systems amid a global pandemic. She has worked closely with teachers in dual language programs whose students are Brazilian working to understand what the constraints are in educational practices in and out of classrooms. Her publications can be found in journals like Anthropology and Education Quarterly; Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority EducationBilingual Research JournalTESOL Quarterly; Global Studies of Childhood; among others.


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Oliveira, Gabrielle, Lacombe Coiro, A., and Lima Becker, M. (2022). “Where Are Venezuelan Children’s Knowledges in Educational Research in Brazil?” NEOS 14 (1).

Oliveira, G., & Kentor, C.(2022). “It’s Part of Me”: Brazilian immigrant teachers’ work in a global pandemic. Gender, Work and Organization.

Oliveira, G., & Segel, M. (2022). Im/migrant Children’s Education Experiences and Families’ Sacrifices in a Global Pandemic. AERA Open

Alvarez Almendariz, X., Brennan, D. and Oliveira, G. (2021). "The Damage Wrought: Immigration Before, Under, and After Trump." Hot Spots, Fieldsights, October 19.

Oliveira, G., Lima Becker, M., & Segel, M. (2021) Constructing the (Un)Readiness of Brazilian Immigrant Children in One Elementary School, Multicultural Perspectives, 23:4, 206-216, DOI: 10.1080/15210960.2021.1986334

Oliveira, G., Gallo S. (2021). “I have a story for you: Engaging with Children’s Politicized Funds of Knowledge (PFOK)”. Journal of International Qualitative Studies in Education.

Oliveira, G. (2021). Im/migrant Children’s Stories in Elementary School: Caringand Making Space in the Classroom. Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education Journal.

Oliveira, G. (2018). Motherhood Across Borders: Mexican Immigrants and their Children in Mexico and in New York City. NYU Press.

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