Ana Laura Becker Aguiar is a Visiting Scholar (not in residence) with the OU Center for Brazil Studies and a PhD candidate in Law at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). She holds an M.S in Gender from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), an M.A. in International Law and Human Rights from the UN-mandated University for Peace (Upeace), and a B.A in International Relations from the University of Brasilia (UnB). Ms Becker Aguiar has worked in international organizations such as the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the Inter-American Development Bank, and Unesco.
In 2013, she became a Social Policy Analyst for the Federal Government, where she worked for the Ministry of Citizenship and the President’s office. More recently, she joined the research team of Dr. Michelle Morais, assisting with her research on human rights bureaucrats. Ana Laura’s doctoral research focuses on the permeability of international law to the demands of the Brazilian women´s movement, especially by looking at negotiations at the IV United Nations Conference on Women held in Beijing in 1995.