Alexia Shellard is a PhD candidate in Social History at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Brazil. She studied Geography and Environment at the Catholic University in Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) and finished her Bachelor's degree with a thesis on waste management in Brasil, highlighting an international network that dumps hazardous substances from rich to poor countries. At that time, she worked as an environmental educator at FURNAS.
For her Master's degree at the University of the State of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), she wrote about the frontier of the colonization of Minas Gerais, seen from an environmental approach, having received a scholarship from the Carlos Chagas Filho Research Support Foundation of the State of Rio de Janeiro (FAPERJ) for this purpose. Her dissertation was published by Novas Edições Acadêmicas, and other papers on this subject have been published in journals such as Ciência Hoje and Geografia Ensino e Pesquisa and in the book Environmental History in the Making.
During her Master's studies, she became a member of the Laboratory of History and Ecology (IH/UFRJ) and started researching indigenous groups in Brazil, having co-published a paper in LVIII SALALM. She started her doctoral research in 2015, studying different aspects of the Brazilian West frontier during the 19th century. In 2016, she was invited by Renmin University, China and the Rachel Carson Center, Germany, to attend an environmental history workshop in Beijing.
At the moment, she has a scholarship from the Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES) in Brazil. In parallel, she has been working as a bookdealer at Susan Bach Books since 2013, selecting Brazilian academic books for the most important libraries in Europe and USA. She has also worked as a geography teacher at the British School and on voluntary projects. Her research interests include culture and nature, indigenous people, subaltern studies, gender issues, land issues and human rights. Her regional focus lies in Brazil and Latin America.