Daniella oversees all aspects of programming and communication for Columbia Global Centers | Rio de Janeiro, acting as campus liaison and responsible for the evaluation and strategic planning of current and future programs at the Center. She has been at the Center since its launch in 2013 and helped develop the framework for collaborative projects between Brazilian institutions and Columbia University counterparts.
Her background includes over ten years of experience in academic institutions across a wide range of disciplines in the humanities, including sociology, history and political theory. From 2006-2008, she led a research project in the military archives that resulted in a publication of the book Poder & Saber - Campo Jurídico e Ideologia. The book analyzes the trials of political prisoners during Brazil’s dictatorship in the 1960s and 1970s. It incorporates the perspectives of international and Brazilian law theorists in the shaping of the widely known “law of the exception” used in the AI5 (Institutional Act Number Five) that overruled the Nation's Constitution during that period. While earning her PhD, she was awarded the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship to conduct a research project working with the papers of Italian historian Guglielmo Ferrero and his visit to Latin America (Brazil and Argentina). Daniella has taught courses on Brazilian culture, literature and contemporary Brazilian cinema at Columbia. Her current research topics include the role of prominent diplomats and writers in the public sphere in the early 1900s and their ideas of nationalism, modernity and authorship expressed in the Brazilian press and fiction books.
Daniella holds a BA in Sociology from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and two Master’s degrees: one in Brazilian History (from Universidade Federal Fluminense) and one Master of Sciences in Latin American cultures from Columbia University. Daniella has recently finished her PhD in Cultural Studies in the Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures at Columbia University.