Jacinto Cuvi


Welcome to my site.

I am a postdoctoral fellow at the Institut de Sociologie of the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland. I received my PhD in sociology from the University of Texas at Austin in 2017 and I hold a master’s degree in comparative politics from Sciences Po Paris.


I study informal labor in large cities of the Global South. For my dissertation, I examined the survival strategies of the urban poor in the context of world-class city urbanism as well as the impacts of sports mega-events in Brazil.

Peer-reviewed publications

2018. “The Peddlers’ Aristocracy: Social Closure, Path-Dependence, and Street Vendors in São Paulo.” Qualitative Sociology. Pre-print, accepted manuscript.

2016. “The Politics of Field Destruction and the Survival of São Paulo’s Street Vendors.”Social Problems, 63(3), 395-412. Post-print, version of record.

2015. “Santos: The Gold Hunter” in Invisible in Austin: Life and Labor in an American City, edited by Javier Auyero, pp. 42-58. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press. Project website.


British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship (declined)

Swiss National Science Foundation Doc.Mobility Fellowship, $ 35,000

National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant, $ 10,279

Foundation for Urban and Regional Research Studentship, $17,500

Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship for Latin America, $24,000

Ministère Français des Affaires Etrangères et Agence pour l’Enseignement Français à l’Etranger (AEFE) Bourse d’Excellence et Bourse Major, $75,000


jacinto.cuvi [  at  ] unine.ch

Mailing Address:

Institut de Sociologie
Université de Neuchâtel
Faubourg de l’Hôpital 27
2000 Neuchâtel, NE – Switzerland