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Paula Silveira Orlando


Paula Orlando is a Ph.D. candidate at the School of Communication. Her research focuses on alternative media, activism and state violence in Brazil. Broader research interests include qualitative research, hate speech, and media representations of gender and race. She was awarded a Tinker Field Research Grant in 2012 through CLALS to carry out preliminary dissertation research in Sao Paulo. In 2015, as part of a team, she conducted research on media in Venezuela at the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies.

Paula earned her B.A. in Journalism from Sao Paulo State University (UNESP), and worked for several years as a newspaper reporter and magazine editor prior to moving to the U.S. for her graduate studies.

Her previous research examined the visual representations of HIV/AIDS in Africa utilized by international development organizations, and the relationship between women’s rights violations and HIV/AIDS prevalence in Zambia (where she  volunteered in 2003-2004).


Ph.D. Candidate, Communication, American University;

M.S. Political Science, Illinois State University (ISU);

Post-Baccalaureate Mass Communication, Cásper Libero School of Communication;

B.A. Journalism, São Paulo State University (UNESP).

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