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. He has been recipient of awards and grants from the Oxford Law Faculty, Oxford Centre for Criminology, and Wolfson College.
Luiz is currently a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Oxford Law Faculty and an Associate Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University and in two graduate programmes in criminology and law in Brazil (Especialização em Ciências Criminais, EDEP-SP and Especialização em Execução Penal, Curso CEI). He previously taught as a Visiting Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Law (2022) and at the University of Roehampton (2021), and as a Tutor in Criminology at Hertford College, Oxford (2023-22). Luiz has also worked as a Research Fellow at the University of Sussex and as a Research Assistant at the Oxford Centre for Criminology and at the University of Hull. He co-founded and co-convenes the Oxford Carceral Studies Discussion Group, co-founded and co-convened the Southernising Criminology Discussion Group, and and has co-organised the First, Second and Third International Conference 'Punishment in Global Peripheries.
With other colleagues, Luiz is currently working on four collective projects – a forthcoming Special Issue on punishment in Global Peripheries for Theoretical Criminology, and three edited volumes – one on punishment in Latin America (Emerald), one on local and regional features of incarceration in Brazil (D'Plácido), and another on Southernising Criminology (Routledge).
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, and can be found on his Research Gate and/or Academia page.
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 has served as a peer reviewer for the Howard Journal of Crime and Justice; International Criminology; Routledge; the International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy; Studi Sulla Questione Criminale; Revista Brasileira de Ciências Criminais; and Crítica Penal y Poder. He 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.