Ayssa Norek

Ayssa Norek


B.A. Fundação Getúlio Vargas
M.A. Pontificia Universidade Catolica

Research Interests

Modern Brazil
Women's Studies
Female Incarceration

Dissertation Topic

The incarceration of female political prisoners in Brazil's Military Dictatorship (1964-1985)

Faculty Advisors

Jeffrey Lesser
Thomas D. Rogers


Ayssa Norek is a Latin American History Ph.D. Student at Emory University. She is licensed in History and has a BA in Social Sciences from Fundação Getúlio Vargas - FGV-Rio (Getúlio Vargas Foundation), and a MA in Social History of Culture from Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro - PUC-Rio (Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro). She was also a Visiting Research Fellow at Brown University in the spring semester of 2019. Her research interest is the incarceration of female political prisoners in Latin American dictatorships, especially the Brazilian one. Also, her research encompasses gender, history of women, and history of prisons. Norek is also a published poet in three Brazilian anthologies, Ponte de Versos (2008) from Ibis Libris, Antologia Ruínas (2020) from Patuá e Quem dera o Sangue (2020) from Uratau. Alongside her academic life, she runs the Youtube Channel Historize-se to discuss public history and scientific dissemination.