Marcelo Paixão is an Associate Professor at The University of Texas at Austin. He is a faculty at the African and African Diaspora Studies Department (AADS), in conjunction with the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS). Prof. Marcelo is a Brazilian economist and holds a Ph.D. in Sociology (IUPERJ, Brazil). Before coming to Austin, he has been a Professor of Economics at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) for 16 years, the same place where he majored. Between 2012-2013, he was Visiting Professor at Princeton University, where he was a member of the Project on Ethnicity and Race in Latin America (PERLA). He is the author of several books and articles about race and labor relations in Brazil, among others: A Lenda da Modernidade Encantada (Ed. CRV) e 500 Años de Soledad: estudíos sobre las desigualdades raciales en Brasil (Ed. Universidad Nacional de Colombia). In 2018, he was tenured Vice-President of the Brazilian Studies Association (BRASA). Currently, he is a member of AADS Executive Committee. His area of expertise is ethnic and racial relations and inequalities in Brazil and Latin America.


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  • Paixão, Marcelo, and Irene Rossetto. 2019. “The Labyrinth of Ethnic-Racial Inequality: a Picture of Latin America according to the recent Census Rounds.” In Comparative Racial Politics in Latin America edited by
    Kwame Dixon and Ollie Johnson. New York, NY : Routledge.
  • Paixão, Marcelo, and Flávio Gomes. 2017. “Histories of Differences and Inequalities Revisited: Notes on Gender, Slavery, Race, and Post-Emancipation.” In Black Women of Brazil in Slavery and Post-Emancipation edited by Giovana Xavier, Flávio Gomes, and Juliana Barreto. 391-418. New York: Diasporic Africa Press.
  • Moraes Silva, Graziella, and Marcelo Paixão. 2014. “Mixed and Unequal: New Perspectives on Brazilian Ethnoracial Relations.” In Pigmentocracies: Ethnicity, Race, and Color in Latin America edited by Edward Telles. 172-217. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press.


  • Paixão, Marcelo, and Irene Rossetto. 2018. “Chess game for affirmative action at UFRJ.” Brasiliana – Journal for Brazilian Studies,  6(2), 83-104.
  • Telles, Edward, and Marcelo Paixão. 2013. “Affirmative action in Brazil.” LASA Forum, XLIV(2):10-12.
  • Paixão, Marcelo. 2009. “La variable color o raza en los censos demográficos brasileños: historia y estimación reciente de las asimetrías”. Notas de Población, 36(89): 187-224.
  • Paixão, Marcelo. 2004.”Waiting for the Sun: An Account of the (Precarious) Social Situation of the African Descendant Population in Contemporary Brazil”. Journal of Black Studies, 34(6): 743-765.


Interviews and Talks

Globo TV – 2007 – Programa do Jô

CULTNE – 2014 – Book launch of “The Autobiography of Martin Luther King Jr.” in Portuguese

Canal Futura – 2013 – Conexão Futura

CULTNE – 2013 – Brazil’s National Conference for the Promotion of Racial Equality (III CONAPIR)

Globo News – 2013 – Jornal das Seis

GRADE Peru – 2012 – 0 Situación actual de los afrodescendientes en el Perú



Painting Midsummer in Harlem by Palmer Heyden
Palmer Heyden. Midsummer in Harlem, 1938. UThe UT Art & Art History Visual Resources Collection.


The Tones of Inequality How the Latin American Songs, Rhythms, Music, and Movies Express the Social Inequality, Exclusion and Injustice (UGS 303 – Signature Course) – Introductory course on Latin American history, society, demography, economy, political system, and culture.

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Measuring Racial Inequality introduces the students to the main methods of calculation and interpretation of indexes of socioracial inequality and segregation. The course includes the statistical development of these indexes and a reflection on how these approaches dialogue with social theory and problems of currents societies all over the world.

Painting Carnival at Lapa Archway by Heitor dos Prazeres
Heitor dos Prazeres. Carnaval no Arco da Lapa, 1961. The UT Art & Art History Visual Resources Collection.
© Marcelo Paixão 2018