Graduate School

Carvalho, Doctoral Sociology Candidate Chosen for Teaching Award

Rui F. Carvalho, a doctoral candidate in Sociology was nominated specifically for his course, A Hip-Hop Companion to Race and Ethnicity, which he taught both at Brown and as an after school elective at Blackstone Valley Prep High School in the fall of 2021.

Rui F. CarvalhoCarvalho explains that the course's aim was to present and discuss sociological approaches to race/racism and ethnicity using Hip-Hop interventions alongside more traditional scholarly texts.

At Blackstone, “students were excited to see him each week and have access to a mentor who actively listened to them and cared," says College and Career Counselor, Lorena Arango.

One undergraduate student nominator shares, “he consistently demonstrated his dedication to his students and his enthusiasm for teaching this course. He posted new songs for consideration and discussion every day beyond what was already a part of his syllabus.” 

“I am thrilled to have been selected for this award! Although my love and passion for social research is definitely an important part of why I decided to embark on my PhD journey, I find teaching (interacting with and learning from students, investigating and learning new pedagogies) to be extremely fulfilling,” says Carvalho.

Beyond teaching, his dissertation looks at how international migration aspirations and capabilities are shaped by individual and structural inequalities related to social class and race/racism/racial discrimination. He focuses on the case of Brazil and Brazilian migrants in the Boston, MA and Lisbon, Portugal metropolitan areas.