Congratulations to PhD student Eduardo Gutierrez Cornelius, recipient of Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship

August 24, 2020 by Jeremy Nichols

Congratulations to Phd student Eduardo Gutierrez Cornelius, who recently learned that he was awarded one of the 2020 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships!

Vanier Canada Scholarships are among the most prestigious scholarships available to graduate students studying in Canadian institutions. Vanier scholars are chosen based on their academic excellence, research potential and leadership potential and demonstrated ability. The program seeks and recognizes scholars who “demonstrate leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies in the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and/or engineering and health.”

Eduardo has just completed his second year of Ph.D. studies in Sociology at the University of Toronto. Prior to this, he completed an LL.B at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, an MA in Sociology at the University of Sao Paulo, and an MA in socio-legal studies at York University. For over five years, Eduardo worked in the legal defence of court-involved youth in Southern Brazil. Eduardo’s master’s thesis has won multiple awards and was published as a book in Brazil in 2018, titled The “Worst of Both Worlds”? The Legitimate Construction of Juvenile Justice by the Superior Court of Justice. He is currently working as a Research Assistant on a SSHRC project titled “Investigating Institutional Multiplicity in Brazil’s Anti-Corruption System," led by Prof. Mariana Prado.

Eduardo received the award based on his proposed dissertation project The Fight Against Corruption Translated: Brazilian Lawyers and the Struggle over Global Anti-corruption Ideas (tentative).  His supervisor is Prof. Ron Levi.  Eduardo’s research investigates how local dynamics mediate the adaptation of and resistance to global anti-corruption ideas into Brazilian law.