Patricia Rangel is currently post-doctoral fellow at the University of Sao Paulo - Faculty of Philosophy, Languages, Literature, and Humanities, where she carries out a research entitled “State feminism and women's political rights: Argentina, Brazil and Chile” at the Department of Sociology. She is also a member of “50 Years of Feminism (1965 – 2015): New Paradigms, Future Challenges” group, a research project coordinated by professors Eva Blay and Lucia Avelar in the same institution. She joined the Institute for Latin American Studies in 2017 as an associated post-doctoral researcher, where she will conduct the project “Can feminism belong to the state? Reflections on state feminism and feminist institutionalism?” until January 2018. All her activities are funded by the Sao Paulo Research Foundation, FAPESP.
Her research agenda is mostly situated in the concept of “state feminism” and its critics. Her early work investigated links between feminist movements and women’s policy agencies in Argentina, Brazil and Chile, by basically replicating the traditional state feminism analytical framework (Research Network on Gender Politics and the State - RNGS). More recently, she started to focus on how this concept lacks consensus among scientists and policymakers, and on how state feminism hegemonic agenda is notably Eurocentric, not appropriate to the Global South contexts. This research seeks to question this traditional agenda, expanding its conceptual-methodological framework, aiming to answer the following question: can feminism belong to the state? A second challenge is to develop an analytical framework based on feminist methodology and Latin American singularities. Both aims are aligned with the concerns and interests of Going Global with State Feminism, a group of new and heterodox state feminism students.
Patricia Rangel studied Political Sciences, Sociology and International Relations in several South-American institutions. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Sciences from the University of Brasilia, with a research stay at National University of General Sarmiento (Argentina), a M.A. degree from the University Research Institute of Rio de Janeiro – IUPERJ (current IESP-UERJ), and a B.A. degree from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. She has built a consistent career in Gender Studies and Feminist Studies, that includes academic work, political activism among civil society/ grassroots groups and consultancy for international organizations and political institutions (i.e., Cfemea - Feminist Center for Studies and Advisory Services, Ibase - Brazilian Institute of Social and Economic Analyses, Catholics for Choice, Feminist Free University, UNWoman Brazil, United Nations Development Programme). Within the last years, Patricia also taught Social Sciences and International Relations to under graduation students (Federal University of Juiz de For a, Pontifical University of Goias) and wrote over 50 publications (among papers, chapters, books and conference presentations). In 2015, she received an award by Latin American Council of Social Sciences – CLACSO (“Concurso de Ensayos CLACSO-UNGS para investigadores/as de América Latina y el Caribe”). Her interests include the following fields: Gender Studies, Legislative Studies, Social Movements, Political Representation, Compared Politics, and South America.