Honors & Awards

  • Distinguished Graduate Student Paper Award, American Sociological Association, Section on Race, Gender, and Class (2017)
  • RC28 Research Committee on Stratification and Inequality Kerckhoff Travel Award, RC28 (2017)
  • University of California President’s Dissertation-Year Fellowship, UC Berkeley (2016)
  • National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (NSF-DDIG, Award Number 1203332), NSF (2012)
  • Graduate Division New Faculty Grant, University of California Berkeley (with Dr. Mara Loveman), UC Berkeley (2014)
  • Dean’s Normative Time Fellowship, UC Berkeley (2010)

Professional Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of California Berkeley (2017)
  • Master of Arts, University of California Berkeley (2010)
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of California Los Angeles (2006)

Current Research and Scholarly Interests

Currently, I am engaged in three major research projects. At Stanford, I am working with Dr. David Pedulla on a research project which seeks to examine the organizational determinants of hiring discrimination. In my second research project, which is based on my dissertation research, I use field experimental methods to examine the processes underlying racial and gender stratification in the labor market in Brazil. One article from this research has recently won the 2017 Distinguished Graduate Student Paper Award from the ASA Section on Race, Gender, and Class (draft available upon request). This research is part of a larger book project which seeks to investigate the root causes of racial inequality in Brazil. In my third major research project, I use large-scale observational data to examine the links between ecological contexts and minority victimization (draft available upon request). In my previous research, I constructed a comparative-historical analysis to examine how socioeconomic and political forces shaped discourses around race and labor in Brazil in the 19th century. This project contributes to our understanding of how regional factors shape racial discourse formation (published in Comparative Sociology).


  • Skin Color, Class Status, and Gender Discrimination in Employment, UC Berkeley


    Sao Paulo

  • Racial Isolation and Homicide Rates, UC Berkeley



  • The Organizational Determinants of Hiring Discrimination, Stanford University


    United States

All Publications

  • The Effects of Racial Segregation and Isolation on Afro-Brazilian Homicide Rates Dias, F. SocArXiv. 2018


    Prior research has shown how racial segregation and isolation are strongly associated with high rates of minority victimization in the United States. I focus the empirical tests of this model on Brazil, a multiracial country with high rates of minority victimization. Using data from the 2010 Brazilian census and vital statistics from the Ministry of Health for 129 Brazilian cities, results reveal racial isolation is a strong predictor of Afro-Brazilian homicide rates, net of race-specific socioeconomic indicators and other contextual factors. Contrary to prior studies, however, this model shows racial evenness is not associated with Afro-Brazilian homicide rates. The findings also reveal that a higher percentage of Afro-Brazilian families headed by single mothers, low levels of education, and general income inequality are strong predictors of Afro-Brazilian homicides. I discuss the implications of these findings for existing research and for current policies aimed at reducing rates of victimization.

  • Racial Articulation and Labor in the 19th Century Brazil Comparative Sociology Dias, F. 2014; 13 (4)