The School of Criminal Justice welcomes two visiting scholars from Brazil this semester, Dr. Ludmila Ribeiro and Dr. Alexandre Diniz. During recent Study Abroad trips, several Criminal Justice faculty and 16 undergraduate and graduate students have built alliances with professors and researchers in Belo Horizonte, including Drs. Ribeiro and Diniz.
Ludmila Ribeiro was recently awarded a Brazilian Ministry of Education Scholarship, allowing her to visit Texas State. In Brazil, she is a Professor in the Department of Sociology and a researcher in the Center for Studies on Criminality and Public Safety, both at the Federal University of Minas Gerais. Before joining the University in 2012, she was the Coordinator of the School of Social Science at the Getulio Vargas Foundation and visiting scholar at the University of Groningen. She has a Ph.D. in Sociology, a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Public Administration, and a Bachelor’s degree in Law. During her career, she has coordinated several research projects about how the criminal justice system operates in Brazil. Her current research interests are focused on the factors influencing the length of time of homicide trials, efficacy of custody hearings, and management of the prison system. While at Texas State, she is studying plea bargaining in the U.S., which will soon be introduced into Brazil courts.
Alexandre Diniz holds a Bachelor’s degree in Advertisement from the Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais (PUCMinas), a Master´s in Geography from Kansas State University (K-State), a Ph.D. in Geography from Arizona State University (ASU) and a Pos-Doc in Geography from McGill. He has held academic positions at the Federal University of Roraima (UFRR) and Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG). He was a visiting researcher at the Université de Lille (France) and Curtin University (Australia). Presently, he is a professor in the Geography Department of the Catholic University of Minas Gerais (PUCMinas), where he has developed several research projects on the geography of crime.