Luiz Eduardo Soares is an anthropologist, political scientist, and writer based in Brazil. He is currently a professor at the Department of Social Sciences of the State University of Rio de Janeiro. Soares has been a visiting scholar at Columbia University, Harvard University, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Virginia, and the Vera Institute of Justice.
Soares has written 15 books and co-authored another 30 including, most recently, Seguranca Tem Saida (Security has Output), Justica (Justice), and Tudo ou Nada: a historia do brasileiro preso em Londres por associacao ao trafi co de duas toneladas de cocaina (All or Nothing: A History of an Australian Arrested in London by Association of Two Tons of Cocaine). He is currently conducting research for two books, one focusing on Rio de Janeiro’s cultural diversity, social inequality, creativity, violence, and politics, and the other, called O Brasil seu Duplo (Brazil and its Double), dealing with changes in Brazilian society during the last half century. Soares has written a play about the 2013 public demonstrations in Rio and is currently staging it in Brazil.
Soares obtained his PhD in political science from the Graduate Institute for Social Research, Rio de Janeiro, and his MA in social anthropology from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.