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Department of Social Anthropology



Marta Magalhães Wallace holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge. Dr. Magalhães Wallace’s thesis looked at ideas about cosmopolitanism, processes of urban transformation, and violence in contemporary Brazil.


Her research interests include political economy and social transformations; ethnography of the state; cities, space and the built environment; violence; memory; mental health; gender; ethics (especially ethics of care); and social theory. Between 2007 and 2011, Dr. Magalhaes Wallace was a postdoctoral research fellow at CLAS, where she convened the MPhil course on the Anthropology of Latin America. She is currently a research associate in social anthropology at the University of Cambridge and a collaborator at CRIA (Centro em Rede de Investigação em Antropologia), ISCTE-IUL (Lisbon). Dr. Magalhães Wallace has written extensively on space, citizenship and violence in Brazil. She has also written on history, memory, material culture and identity in Portugal (2009). In addition to her work in Latin America, Dr. Magalhães Wallace has recently started to do research on mental health in contemporary Europe.

Teaching and Supervisions



SAN5: Ethical life and the anthropology of the subject: Anthropology of subjectivity

SAN4b: South America


Undergraduate Supervision

SAN1 – Social Anthropology: The Comparative Perspective 

SAN2 - The foundations of social life

SAN5 - Ethical life and the anthropology of the subject

College Lecturer in Social Anthropology, Robinson College
Director of Studies, Homerton College
Director of Studies, St Edmunds College
Dr Marta  Magalhaes Wallace

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