Research in Brazil

As many of you know, I am currently studying at Vanderbilt University to earn a Master of Arts degree in Latin American Studies. My research is concerned with the Black middle class, wealth creation, self-employment/ entrepreneurship, and economic liberation in the Americas with a special focus on the U.S., Brazil, and Puerto Rico. My Master’s thesis will look at the self-sufficiency and marginality of Afro-Brazilian entrepreneurs and their entrepreneurship as a site of resistance against anti-blackness in Brazil.

In order to complete my Master’s thesis, I have to travel to Brazil to conduct interviews and field research. I was fortunate to be awarded a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship. The fellowship will cover a six-week intensive language course, a course entitled Current Social Issues in Brazil, and a homestay with a Brazilian family. However, I am responsible for paying for the flight. After the six weeks, I am planning to stay four additional weeks to interview Black entrepreneurs and visit Black businesses in the city of São Paulo.

To cover the expense of a flight to Brazil and four weeks in an Airbnb, I am trying to raise $2,500. On average, flights cost $1,500 to Brazil. The remaining will go towards living expenses in Brazil. Please help me make this trip possible. I will be eternally grateful. No donation is too small or large. Thank you for reading and thank you for your consideration!

P.S. If you are interested in my research or would like me to share a presentation, please contact me.

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  • Anonymous 
    • $50 
    • 35 mos
  • Monique Cannon 
    • $50 
    • 36 mos
  • Alex Jones 
    • $50 
    • 36 mos
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    • $30 
    • 37 mos
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    • $50 
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Organizer

Demetrius Murphy 
Organizer
Gary, IN
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