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 a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Law 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 was a Visiting Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Roehampton (2021) and a Tutor in Criminology at Hertford College, Oxford (2022). Luiz has also worked as a Research Assistant to Professor Carolyn Hoyle and Professor Julian Roberts at the Oxford Centre for Criminology, and to Dr Simone Santorso at the University of Hull. He is co-founder and co-convenor of the Southernising Criminology Discussion Group, and and has co-organised the First and Second International Conference on 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, one on local and regional features of incarceration in Brazil, 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.
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 peer reviewer of the International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy; International Criminology, and Revista Brasileira de Ciências Criminais; and a member of the British Society of Criminology, the European Society of Criminology, and the European Group for the Study of Deviance & Social Control.