Anjuli Fahlberg

Anjuli Fahlberg

Braker Hall
Research/Areas of Interest: Social movements; violence and conflict; urban poverty and politics; Latin America; participatory action research


  • PhD, Sociology, Northeastern University, Boston, United States, 2018
  • MA, Sociology, Northeastern University, Boston, United States, 2014
  • BA, Peace & Justice Studies and International Relations, Tufts University, Medford, United States, 2007


Anjuli N. Fahlberg is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and co-director of the Building Together Research Collective, based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ( Her research employs an intersectional lens to examine urban violence and social movements across the Americas. She employs a participatory action research (PAR) approach in both ethnographic fieldwork and survey research. Her current book Activism under Fire: The Politics of Non-Violence in Rio de Janeiro's Most Dangerous Favela (under contract, Oxford University Press), documents how activists residing in Rio de Janeiro's poor neighborhoods mobilize for citizenship rights in a context of armed drug gangs and racist policing. She has also conducted survey research on social development, insecurity and resilience in Rio de Janeiro's favelas, and is currently studying the impact of the pandemic in favelas.

Dr. Fahlberg was the recipient of several national awards, including the 2019 Best Dissertation Award by the American Sociological Association and the 2019 Dissertation Award by the Collective Behavior and Social Movements Section of the ASA. She also received grants by the American Association of University Women and the National Science Foundation, and was awarded the Alma J. Young Emerging Scholar Award by the Urban Affairs Association, among several others.

Dr. Fahlberg was raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. After moving the US, she spent several years working with immigrant survivors of domestic and sexual violence. In addition to her academic work, she is involved in community organizing in her city of Lowell, Massachusetts. For more information, visit Dr. Fahlberg's personal website.