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Katucha Bento

Katucha Bento
Dr Katucha Bento
Lecturer in Race and Decolonial Studies
5.05 Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh, UK EH8 9LD
+44(0)131651 3867
Research Interests
Black feminisms, Critical Race Studies, Decolonial Studies, Queer Studies, Nation and Nationality, African Diaspora, Discourse and Rhetoric Studies, Anti-racist Pedagogies, Education, Killjoy Feminists, Love, Affect and the Body, Audre Lorde, Lelia Gonzalez

Guidance and Feedback Hours

  • By appointment

I am a Lecturer in Race and Decolonial Studies (UoE) with national and international experience working with the intersections of racialisation politics and race, multiples constructions of gender, formations of nation and nationality, migration, Black diaspora, discourse and affective economy. My background is rooted in the Black Movement in Brazil, samba community and quilombo territory. I believe in the transformative power of education to create means to organise and develop strategies in promoting social justice and societies with loving, ethical and liberating experiences.


Bento, K; Ruiz Ponce, H; Sempertegui, A.; Di Paolo, L. 2019. Descolonizando el Norte Global: Dialogos sobre Afro-Latinoamérica, el Caribe y Abya Yala en diáspora. In: Alternautas - (Re)Searching Development: The Abya Yala Chapter. (Online Journal). Available from:

Bento, K. 2017. Weaving Brazilian Blackness in the United Kingdom: Nation, Race and Migration. Graduate Journal of Social Science. October 2017, Vol. 13 (1), pp. 17–36. Available from: >

Bento, K. and Beresford, J. 2017.Affirmative Actions for Indigenous Peoples in Brazilian Universities and Ethnology Studies from a Dialogical Perspective: An Interview with Clarice Cohn. Graduate Journal of Social Science. October 2017, Vol. 13 (1), pp. 37–47. Available from:

Bento, K. 2016. “Invasoras” do Reino Unido: Reenquadrando discursos de colonialidade nas vozes de mulheres negras brasileiras imigrantes. Ponto-e-Vírgula : Revista de Ciências Sociais, [S.l.], n. 18, pp. 21-28. Available from:

Bento, K. 2015. Por mais andares sem vergonha, por mais vadias: Sobre o amor e a agencia na terceira onda do feminismo negro e o corpo das pretinhas! 21 October. Blogueiras Negras [online]. Available from:

Bento, K. 2015. O Feminismo Negro de Viola Davis não será minado pela branquidade. 8 October. Blogueiras Negras [online]. Available from:

Perotto, L., Leiria, V., Hostensky, Bento, K., E. Rothestein, P. 2015. Associação de Estudantes Estrangeiros Para Quê? – Uma reflexão crítica sobre a representação estudantil em tempos de crise. Passages de Paris. 10 (1), pp. 12-33.

Topics interested in supervising

Black identities; Intersectional Oppressions; Institutional configurations of power, control and coloniality; All identifications in the gender spectrum; Subversive language and artistic expressions; Latin American and/ or Caribbean societies; Brazilian Social and Political Thought; Black feminists in the world; Coloniality of power in contemporary social dynamics; Affective economy in (post)colonial contexts; (re)imagining futures; Queer perspectives of society; Creative strategies of decolonial resistance; activism and social movements; decolonial pedagogies.

If you are interested in being supervised by Katucha Bento, please see the links below for more information:

PhD in Social Policy; PhD in Sociology; MSc (R) Social Policy; MSc (R) Sociology