Rhaysa Sampaio Ruas da Fonseca

Rhaysa Sampaio Ruas da Fonseca
Visiting Fulbright Scholar

Office Hours

Thursday 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Office Location

SSMS 3131


Feminist Political Economy, Race and Gender studies, Critical Criminology, Human Rights, Theories of Capitalism and Social Inequalities


Rhaysa Ruas is an Afro-Brazilian researcher, human rights lawyer and activist. She is a Ph.D. student in Theory and Philosophy of Law at the Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (PPGD/UERJ) and a member of the Laboratory of Interdisciplinary Studies on Critique and Capitalism (LEICC/UERJ). Ruas has received her B.A. (2016) and M.A. (2019) degrees at the same University and Department. Currently, she is dedicated to her Ph.D. research project entitled "The Re-Emergent Far-Right in Brazil: Neoliberalism, Post-Colonialism and the Race-Class-Gender nexus" for which she received the Fulbright Doctoral Dissertation Research Award (2020-2021). She has worked as a junior and associated researcher in the Program of Studies in Latin America and the Caribbean (PROEALC/UERJ) between 2012 and 2017, where she was awarded for the first time with a publicly-funded scientific scholarship (2013-2016). As a human rights lawyer, Ruas worked as a researcher and advocacy assistant at Amnesty International Brazil between 2017 and 2019, and as a parliamentary advisor in the Rio de Janeiro State Assembly in 2019. Since her undergraduate studies she has been working at the intersection of Law, Marxist political economy, and Sociology, and her main research interests are related to race and gender studies, public policies, critical criminology, social theory of law, theories of capitalism, and social inequalities. From 2019 onwards, she has also been providing consultancy to local and international organizations on Human Rights, especially regarding Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights, Gender and Race equality, and Human Rights Defenders.