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Carolina da Cunha Rocha


International Research Training Group 'Temporalities of Future in Latin America'

Dynamics of Aspiration and Anticipation

PhD Candidate

Project: “Cultivating the State, Seeding the Future: Progressive Politics in the Agricultural Sector and the Formation of an Agrarian Technocracy in Brazil (1930-1975)”


Since 05/2019

PhD Candidate, International Research Training Group ‘Temporalities of Future’

Since 08/2015

PhD Candidate, El Colegio de México

08/20015 – 08/2018

Master in History, El Colegio de México

03/2004 – 08/2006

Master in History of Ideas at University of Brasília (UnB), Brazil

09/2011 – 08/2013

Specialist in Globalization, Justice and Human Security at Superior School of Ministério Público da União (ESMPU), Brazil

03/1998 – 11/2002

Bachelor in History at University of Brasília (UnB), Brazil

08/1997 – 08/2002

Bachelor in Law at Centro Universitário de Brasília – UniCEUB, Brasília, Brazil 

 Work Experience

Since 05/2019

Researcher, International Research Training Group ‘Temporalities of Future’

07/2010 – 08/2015

Technician of Educational Affairs at Research Coordination of Brazilian National School of Public Management (ENAP)

01/2008 – 10/2008

Researcher at National Archives of Brazil (AN)

01/2004 – 12/2007

Technician at the General Coordination of Documents and Information of the Health Ministry of Brazil (MS)

01/2002 –12/2002

Trainee at the Protection Department, Archeology Coordination, at Institute of Historical and Artistic National Patrimony (IPHAN), Brazil

02/2009 – 12/2011

Professor of Brazilian History at the Juscelino Kubitschek Faculty, Brazil
01/2008 – 12/2008 Teacher of History at Education Secretary of State of the Federal District

Project: “Cultivating the State, Seeding the Future: Progressive Politics in the Agricultural Sector and the Formation of an Agrarian Technocracy in Brazil (1930-1975)”

How to rule the rural world? How to eliminate misery and hunger? From 1930 to 1970, and considering these questions, an agricultural administration was consolidated in Brazil requiring scientific formation and professional specialization of technicians and experts on rural and management issues. This investigation makes questions about the historical process of the formation of a Brazilian technocracy specialized in studying the field issues and designing projects and public policies intending to control and reform the agricultural society and economy. Therefore, the objective of this thesis is to analyze the formation of a technical bureaucracy in the building of a new agriculture type intended to overcome rural production concepts and methods deemed as being traditional in Brazil in such period. The research focus is the process to create an agricultural technocracy in different Brazilian (Vargas Period, national developmentalism, and the first years of the Military Dictatorship) and international historical contexts (Interwar Period, Post World War Period and Cold War). It will be intended to emphasize the institutionalization of Natural Science in order to achieve the State goals, as well as to understand which role agriculture had in a country which main objective was to become an industrial power. The research will emphasize the nature of the professional training of its technical body and will understand how the State invested in the educational development of its own agronomists, veterinarians, and agricultural technicians as a way to overcome poverty and to achieve modernity. The hypothesis in this research claims that the agricultural technicians and experts acted as cultural intermediates at the State's service, acting by the public policies and the agricultural institutions, and had the hard task of driving a modernizing mindset in the rural zones, as well of building a new idea of nation.

Research focus:

Nationalism and agrarian public policies

Technical and scientific advancements

Formation of a national agrarian technocracy

Flux of ideas and interchange of agrarian knowledge and techniques

History, International Relations, Political Science and Sociology

Brazil, Latin America, United States and Europe


Da Cunha, Carolina and Pereira Silva, Sandro (2014): "Cooperativa Pindorama: um histórico de trabalho coletivo e desenvolvimento territorial  Mercado de Trabalho", Review of the Instituto de Pesquisa Econômica Aplicada (IPEA), 1: 95-105, ipea.gov.br/agencia/images/stories/PDFs/mercadodetrabalho/bmt56_econ03_cooperativa_pindorama.pdf 

 Da Cunha, Carolina (2009): "Frei Servando Teresa de Mier e o exotismo às avessas – o selvagem ilustrado desbrava as terras do Velho Mundo", Em Tempo de História, 13, http://www.unb.br/ih/novo_portal/portal_his/revista/edicao_atual.htm 

Da Cunha, Carolina (2009): "Memorias de Frei Servando Teresa de Mier: O selvagem ilustrado desbrava as terras do Velho Mundo", Review Outros Tempos 6, 7

Da Cunha, Carolina (2009): "Frei Servando Teresa de Mier e o exotismo às avessas – o selvagem ilustrado desbrava as terras do Velho Mundo", Review Veredas da História II, I   

Da Cunha, Carolina (2006): "Frei Servando Teresa de Mier entre a chama da fé e a luz da razão: o milagre guadalupano e o embate de idéias no contexto das independências hispano-americanas", Review Caminhos da História II, 2, http://www.uss.br/web/hotsites/revistaeletronica_2006n2/index.asp 

Da Cunha, Carolina (2002): "Deus e o diabo na inquisição do Brasil", Review Universitas/Jus 8: 205-225 

Research results

Research results published: "Memórias Reveladas – Guerrilha do Araguaia”, National Archive of Brazil (NA), Brasília, 2008.  Available at: www.memoriasreveladas.arquivonacional.gov.br/multimidia/araguaia/araguaia.htm 


Da Cunha, Carolina ( 2014): "Case Study: E agora, Shakti? – Como formular uma nova lei ambiental em uma sociedade politicamente dividida?", Teaching document published by Casoteca of Public Management of the National School of Public Administration (ENAP), Brasília, available at: http://repositorio.enap.gov.br/handle/1/1303

Consejo Nacional de Ciencia e Technologia
Banner Dahlem Research School