Professor Ferreira recently joined the Departments of Geography and Latino and Caribbean Studies. She works on the intersection of class, race, and gender in Latin American societies, particularly in Brazil, and resulting geographical patterns of racialized uneven economic geographies. She has worked organizing communities of color inside and outside of academia, over the past twenty years and collaborated in a number of popular education projects.
Her current research works with Black women residents in majority-Black geographies in Rio de Janeiro to map Black community economies, and to understand how they conceive of solidarity economics and enact grassroots urban planning and community-driven development initiatives. She is currently working on a book manuscript titled "City of God(desses): Afro-feminist urban marronage in the face of the Racial Capitalism” that centers women-led community economies around struggles for housing and childcare in the favela City of God, Rio de Janeiro.
Prof. Ferreira recently held a Postdoctoral Fellow in Black and Latinx Studies in the Department of African, African American and Diaspora Studies and the Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies at the University of Texas in Austin (2019-2021). Her MA and PhD in Geography are from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). Her BA in the Sociology of Ethnic Studies is from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil.