Ph.D. student Eduardo Gutierrez Cornelius receives the Faculty of Arts and Science Doctoral Excellence Scholarship

Congratulations to Ph.D. student Eduardo Gutierrez Cornelius, who recently received the Faculty of Arts and Science Doctoral Excellence ScholarshipThis award recognizes an academically excellent student who has a talent for research and knowledge mobilization and has demonstrated leadership potential.  Recipients of this award must show originality and significance in their body of work within their fields of research, have quality publications relative to the stage of their career, and demonstrate potential for leadership and societal contributions within and beyond the academic community.

Eduardo has just completed his second year of Ph.D. studies in Sociology at the University of Toronto and just recently was the recipient of the 2020 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship. He completed an LL.B at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, an MA in Sociology at the University of Sao Paulo, and an MA in socio-legal studies at York University. In 2019, Eduardo created a free mentorship program for Brazilian scholars in the humanities and social sciences who need help applying for graduate school in Canada (https://www.humanasnocanada.com).

For over five years, Eduardo worked in the legal defence of court-involved youth in Southern Brazil. Eduardo’s master’s thesis has won multiple awards and was published as a book in Brazil in 2018, titled The “Worst of Both Worlds”? The Legitimate Construction of Juvenile Justice by the Superior Court of Justice. He is currently working as a Research Assistant on a SSHRC project titled “Investigating Institutional Multiplicity in Brazil’s Anti-Corruption System,” led by Prof. Mariana Prado.

Eduardo’s supervisor is Prof. Ron Levi.  Eduardo’s research investigates how local dynamics mediate the adaptation of and resistance to global anti-corruption ideas into Brazilian law.

Congratulations to PhD student Eduardo Gutierrez Cornelius, recipient of Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship

Congratulations to Phd student Eduardo Gutierrez Cornelius, who recently learned that he was awarded one of the 2020 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships!

Vanier Canada Scholarships are among the most prestigious scholarships available to graduate students studying in Canadian institutions. Vanier scholars are chosen based on their academic excellence, research potential and leadership potential and demonstrated ability. The program seeks and recognizes scholars who “demonstrate leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies in the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and/or engineering and health.”

Eduardo has just completed his second year of Ph.D. studies in Sociology at the University of Toronto. Prior to this, he completed an LL.B at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, an MA in Sociology at the University of Sao Paulo, and an MA in socio-legal studies at York University. For over five years, Eduardo worked in the legal defence of court-involved youth in Southern Brazil. Eduardo’s master’s thesis has won multiple awards and was published as a book in Brazil in 2018, titled The “Worst of Both Worlds”? The Legitimate Construction of Juvenile Justice by the Superior Court of Justice. He is currently working as a Research Assistant on a SSHRC project titled “Investigating Institutional Multiplicity in Brazil’s Anti-Corruption System,” led by Prof. Mariana Prado.

Eduardo received the award based on his proposed dissertation project The Fight Against Corruption Translated: Brazilian Lawyers and the Struggle over Global Anti-corruption Ideas (tentative).  His supervisor is Prof. Ron Levi.  Eduardo’s research investigates how local dynamics mediate the adaptation of and resistance to global anti-corruption ideas into Brazilian law.

PhD Candidate Eduardo Gutierrez Cornelius on ‘The Contribution of Pierre Bourdieu to the Sociology of Punishment’

Ph.D. Candidate Eduardo Gutierrez Cornelius recently published an article in “Confluências – Interdisciplinary Journal of Sociology and Law”, a quarterly edition of the Postgraduate Program in Sociology and Law at the Fluminense Federal University.

Eduardo is currently in the process of obtaining his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Toronto. His research interests are focused around socio-legal studies and currently works as a teaching assistant for the Sociology of Law and Lawyers.

Although the article was originally written in Portuguese, we have posted an English translation of the abstract, as well as the citation. The full text is available here.

Cornelius, E. G. (2017). The Contribution of Pierre Bourdieu to the Sociology of Punishment:A Theoretical and Methodological Approach in the study of Judicial Decisions. Confluências,18(3), pp. 137-156. 

This paper presents a theoretical perspective on punishment and judicial decisions, with the goal of emphasizing the importance of legal actors’ justifications for their decisions. At the intersection of the sociology of law and the sociology of punishment, it explores how several aspects of Pierre Bourdieu’s theory are useful for studying judicial decisions on punishment. Such decisions are framed as acts of state, as products of struggles as possessing the monopoly of legitimate physical and symbolic violence. From this perspective, judicial decisions are not only studied by their outcome, but also by the motivations that follow them. This means that the categories legal actors use to describe the crime, the criminal and the role of punishment are of utmost importance. In order to demonstrate the potential of this theoretical proposition, examples from empirical research on youth punishment in the Brazilian Superior Court of Justice are provided.