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Daniela Moraes Traldi

Fellow, Society of Fellows, SOF/Heyman, Columbia University (2024–Present)

Lecturer, History, Columbia University

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Daniela Moraes Traldi is a historian of Latin America and Women’s and Gender History. She holds a PhD in History (CUNY Graduate Center), an MA/ MPhil in History (CUNY Graduate Center), an MSc in the History of International Relations (London School of Economics and Political Science), an International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance (Fordham University) and a bachelor’s degree in journalism (FIAM Brazil).

Traldi’s research focuses on the intersection of gender, race, politics, and religion in twentieth century Brazil. Her history-based scholarship primarily seeks to advance a deepened understanding of the rise of the far-right across the globe. In her doctoral project, Traldi traced Integralismo, the Brazilian variant of the transnationally linked fascist movements of the 1920s-1940s - and how its members consistently embedded themselves in and merged with crucial elite political circles over the succeeding decades through subtle and sophisticated use of gendered and racialized narratives. Brazilian far-right women started controlling sites of “soft power” like fashion, philanthropy, and lay Catholic associations, also becoming top social influencers and political agents who paved the way for the “survival” of local fascism after the mid-1940s.

Daniela Moraes Traldi is a 2023-24 recipient of the Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship. Her doctoral project was included in the Honorable Mention List of the 2022-23 Ford Foundation Fellowship, and she received additional awards, fellowships and grants from the Graduate Center at CUNY in New York and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). As a journalist, she has worked for and authored articles in both English and Portuguese to global news organizations like the BBC, where she is a regular contributor to BBC Monitoring, to international organizations like the United Nations in New York and in Timor-Leste, and to mainstream Brazilian news media such as news magazine Veja, Terra TV, and TV Cultura, among others. Traldi’s scholarship has recently appeared in Gender & History.