Ph.D. student Eduardo Gutierrez Cornelius receives the Faculty of Arts and Science Doctoral Excellence Scholarship

October 14, 2020 by Jeremy Nichols

Congratulations to Ph.D. student Eduardo Gutierrez Cornelius, who recently received the Faculty of Arts and Science Doctoral Excellence Scholarship. This award recognizes an academically excellent student who has a talent for research and knowledge mobilization and has demonstrated leadership potential.  Recipients of this award must show originality and significance in their body of work within their fields of research, have quality publications relative to the stage of their career, and demonstrate potential for leadership and societal contributions within and beyond the academic community.

Eduardo has just completed his second year of Ph.D. studies in Sociology at the University of Toronto and just recently was the recipient of the 2020 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship. 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. In 2019, Eduardo created a free mentorship program for Brazilian scholars in the humanities and social sciences who need help applying for graduate school in Canada.

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’s 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.