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Funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Graduate Institute for Design, Ethnography & Social Thought at the New School incubates advanced transdisciplinary research and practice at the intersection of social theory and design and fosters dialogue on related themes across the university.

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Douglas de Toledo Piza

Douglas de Toledo Piza is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at the New School for Social Research. His work explores the intersections of migration, borders, markets, and informality, especially among Chinese migrants moving between Ciudad del Este (Paraguay) and São Paulo (Brazil). 

DOUGLAS DE TOLEDO PIZA is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at the New School for Social Research and a fellow at the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility. He also holds an M.A. degree in Sociology and a B.A. in International Relations, both from the University of São Paulo. His fields of interest are Migration and Mobility, Economic Sociology, Political Economy, and Anthropology of the State. Douglas’ research interests include Chinese migration, borderlands, special economic zones, markets, and informality. His current research focuses on the conditions for Chinese migrants’ mobility in a commercial circuit between Ciudad del Este, a Paraguayan city in a tri-border area, and São Paulo, Brazil. In order to understand this issue, his doctoral research addresses the political economy of illegalisms at the intersections of borders, markets, and migration.

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