Welcome to my site.
I am a postdoctoral fellow at the Institut de Sociologie of the University of Neuchatel, 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. I am interested in how the state shapes the lives of informal workers and how informal workers participate in the polity. I did my dissertation fieldwork in São Paulo, Brazil.
In my current book project, I analyze the role of hope in structuring the relationship between disenfranchised laborers and the state. Drawing on a historical case study of the ties between street vendors and the Workers’ Party (PT), I trace the transition from old-style populist politics and clientelistic practices to new ways of governing disenfranchised groups in the current era.
2019. “Symbolic Capital, Informal Labor, and Postindustrial Markets: The Dynamics of Street Vending during the 2014 World Cup in São Paulo.” Theory & Society, 48(2), 217-238. 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.
Service to the discipline
I was a member of the organizing committee of the 2019 Congress of the Swiss Sociological Association. As part of this, I organized a panel with Craig Calhoun and Noortje Marres on the future of sociology. The video is now available on YouTube.
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