Katucha Bento

Katucha Bento


I started my journey in Critical Race Studies and Black Feminism in the Black Brazilian movement at the Nucelo de Consciencia Negra na USP (Black Couscious Group at USP - NCN-USP), in 2002.

I studied my BA in Sociology and Politics at the Foundation School of Sociology and Politics of Sao Paulo (FESPSP, Brazil) with a partial grant from a project called Políticas da Cor (Politics of Colour) funded by Ford Foundation. Before my MA I was involved in Educational projects, activism and teaching.  My MA programme was in Sociological Research at the University of Barcelona (UB, Catalonia). During this time, I worked as researcher projects related to migration flow in six different coutries in Europe; and research with Transgender Women in Spain analysing the public Heath Care provided to them.

My MA research was on the construction of white lesbian desire challenging paradigms of whiteness and the possibilities of activism in the LGBTQI community. I am currently finishing my PhD on how the (post)colonial British setting affects Black Brazilian Women diasporic experiences. 

I am a visiting researcher at Leeds Beckett University, in the Centre for Race, Education and Decoloniality (CRED); associated in the Research Network in Queer Studies, Decolonial Feminism and Cultural Transformations (QDFCT) at the Justus-Liebig-Universitat in Giessen (Germany).


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: http://www.alternautas.net/.

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: >https://goo.gl/fkTmNn

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: https://goo.gl/Yq7Sz4

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: https://goo.gl/9s8P6Q

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: https://goo.gl/2wbTRV

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

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.


Research interests

I am interested in topics related to Black (Latin American, US, UK, African) Feminism, Critical Race Studies, Black/ African diaspora, coloniality, Decolonial Thought/ Activism, social movements, Affect economy, Gender and Sexuality Studies, non-binary identities, education.

Studies on authors such Audre Lorde, Lelia Gonzalez, James Baldwin, Abdias do Nascimento.

I participate in Research Networks, such as:

Centre for Race, Education and Decoloniality (CRED) - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/riches/our-research/race-and-education/

Research Network in Queer Studies, Decolonial Feminism and Cultural Transformations (QDFCT) - https://researchnet-femdecol.com/

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Professional memberships

  • Associação Brasileira de Pesquisadores(as) Negros(as) - Black Researchers Brazilian Association
  • Brazilian Association of Black Researchers (ABPN)

Student education

I am the module leader and teacher covering topics on Critical Thinking, Sociology, Gender, Race, Modernity, Coloniality and Queer Studies.

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Ethnicity and Racism Studies
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