Zuleika Arashiro holds a LL.B from the Universidade de São Paulo, a MA in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University, a Master in Public Management from Fundação Getulio Vargas and a PhD in International Relations from La Trobe University. Currently, she is a lecturer at the Australian National University.
Dr Arashiro has worked with academic and policy-driven research in various countries. Her work with the Free Trade Area of the Americas negotiations in the United States and in Brazil served as the base for her book on the role of ideas and actors in trade negotiations. Between 2009-11, she worked with social policy research for a non-governmental organization. In 2012, she received a Rotary Peace Fellowship to undertake training in Peace and Conflict Studies at Chulalongkorn University, in Thailand. She joined the ANU in 2013 and identifies as the main thread behind her diverse research and career, her interest in the politics of knowledge validation and forms of resistance.
Zuleika is currently working on a collective project with female scholars from the Global South who entered Western academia. The project is centered on notions of epistemic violence, embodied differences and geopolitics of knowledge. She is also finalizing a short research on resource extraction and community mobilization in eastern Australia, particularly around the expansion of open cut coal mines and coal seam gas projects.