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 am based in the US during the Fall 2019 semester.


I study informal labor and politics 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.

I was a member of the organizing committee of the 2019 congress of the Swiss Sociological Association on the future of work. As part of this, I organized and moderated a panel with Craig Calhoun and Noortje Marres on the future of sociology. The video is now available on YouTube.

Peer-reviewed publications

2019. “Symbolic Capital, Informal Labor, and Postindustrial Markets: The Dynamics of Street Vending during the 2014 World Cup in São Paulo.” Theory & Society. Accepted manuscriptversion of record. 

2018. “The Peddlers’ Aristocracy: Social Closure, Path-Dependence, and Street Vendors in São Paulo.” Qualitative Sociology. Online First. Accepted manuscriptversion of record.

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