Savell, Stephanie

Name: Savell, Stephanie

Areas of Interest: My interests include political culture, activism, and citizenship; crime-related violence and governance; and Brazilian security and policing practices, particularly in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro. My dissertation is an ethnographic investigation of Rio de Janeiro’s controversial “police pacification” program, intended to take back control of the city’s favelas from armed drug trafficking gangs. I focus on how favela residents, police, and armed forces experience public security in their daily lives, and the ways these experiences intersect and collide. 

In addition to my primary research, I was one of the principal investigators in a collaborative, interdisciplinary ethnography of political engagement in Providence, RI. I am co-author of the resulting book, The Civic Imagination: Making a Difference in American Political Life (Paradigm Publishers, 2014).

Keywords: Brazil, United States, political anthropology, urban studies, security, policing, everyday violence, citizenship and rights, civic engagement 

Status: Post-field

Previous Degrees: B.A. Anthropology/Sociology, Middlebury College; M.A. Anthropology, Brown University  

Contact information: stephanie_savell@brown.edu