Mariana K. Leal Ferreira (Ph.D. UC Berkeley--UC San Francisco, joint degree in 1996) is a medical anthropologist from Brazil using Critical Theory, including Theater and Pedagogy of the Oppressed, to protect the human rights of Indigenous Peoples and other minorities in North and South America. Her most recent books include Mapping Time, Space and the Body.
I hold a Ph.D. in Physics from the Brazilian Center for Research in Physics, Rio de Janeiro, in 1991, under the advisement of Francisco Antonio Doria and Newton da Costa. After my Ph.D., I spent three years as a researcher at the Institute for Mathematical Studies in the Social Sciences, Stanford University.
My courses are broadly concerned with the relationship between contemporary culture and the history of Western philosophy, with particular emphasis on theories of the image, affect, porn studies, cinema, modernism/modernity, San Francisco, gender, sexuality, critical race theory, and political economy.