Osgoode Catalyst Fellow


Joanna Noronha

Joanna Vieira Noronha is finishing her SJD degree at Harvard Law School this Spring semester, where she also completed an LLM in 2012. She holds a master’s degree from PUC University in Rio de Janeiro, as well as an LLB from Rio de Janeiro’s State University.

Her research focuses on feminisms and feminist legal thinking, queer theory, family and labour law, institutional design, and law and development. As a Catalyst Fellow, she will be researching Universal Basic Income experiments, with a primary focus on Canadian pilot projects.

At Harvard Law School, she has been a Writing Resources specialist, a Coordinator for the Short Writing Projects’ Workshop, Teaching Assistant for Family Law,  and an LLM advisor. During her LLM, she received two Dean’s Scholar prizes, for Prof. Janet Halley’s Family Law and Prof. Catharine MacKinnon’s Sex Equality courses. She was a Co-Founder and President of the HLS Brazilian Studies Association. In the 2010-11 academic year, she was a research assistant to Prof. Michael Trebilcock at the University of Toronto and a McGill-Echenberg Human Rights Fellow.