Luiz is a DPhil candidate in Criminology, looking at the conditions of possibility for mass incarceration in Brazil in times of re-democratisation and social inclusion. His research is supervised by Professor Ian Loader.
Luiz is currently a Visiting Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Roehampton, having previously taught criminological themes, such as police killings, mass incarceration and the punitive turn, at the Curso Popular de Formação de Defensoras e Defensores Públicos. Luiz is also a Graduate Teaching Facilitator and a Research Assistant at the Oxford Centre for Criminology, and a Research Assistant at the University of Hull. He is also a co-founder and co-convenor of the Southernising Criminology Discussion Group. In addition, he is a peer reviewer of the International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, and Revista Brasileira de Ciências Criminais.
His main research interest is the sociology of punishment and his broader interests include the political economy of punishment, punishment and democracy, Southern Criminology and judicial discretion in sentencing. He has published papers on punishment, penal populism, prison, policing, racism and criminal justice, Southern Criminology, and Criminal Law.. His work has been published in English, Portuguese, Italian, and Spanish.
Prior to commencing his DPhil, Luiz worked as a lawyer in Brazil, having majored in Law at the Mackenzie Presbyterian University (Brazil). He then completed graduate courses in Criminal Law at the University of Coimbra (Portugal) and Criminology at the University of São Paulo (Brazil) and National University of Litoral (Argentina). He also holds an MA in Critical Criminology and Social Security from the Universities of Padua and Bologna (Italy).
Luiz is a member of the British Society of Criminology, the European Society of Criminology, and the European Group for the Study of Deviance & Social Control.