Juliana Sayuri Ogassawara is a Brazilian journalist and historian. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from Universidade Estadual Paulista ‘Júlio de Mesquita Filho’ (Unesp). Juliana Sayuri also holds a Master’s Degree and a Ph.D. in History from Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas - Universidade de São Paulo (FFLCH-USP), Latin America’s top ranked university. Her thesis focused on the international editions of the French magazine, Le Monde Diplomatique, with discussions about the role of intellectuals and journalists. In 2014, Juliana Sayuri attended École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), in Paris, as a visiting researcher supervised by the renowned sociologist Michael Löwy. Her intellectual work received funds from institutions like Capes, Fapesp and Santander. Her first book, entitled Paris – Porto Alegre, a version of her master’s dissertation, is being processed at one of USP’s publishing houses. She is also working on her second book, Paris – Buenos Aires, a version of her doctoral thesis. Her interests include international affairs, human rights and globalization.
Apart from her work as a historian, Juliana Sayuri has a great deal of experience as a journalist. Between 2011 and 2015, she worked as a special reporter at Aliás, a special issue from O Estado de S. Paulo, highly respected among activists, politicians and scholars in Brazil. O Estado is widely regarded as the media outlet in Brazil bringing the most in-depth coverage and analysis of international affairs. For Aliás, Sayuri has interviewed global thinkers like Alaa Al-Aswany, Immanuel Wallerstein, Michael Davis, Michel Maffesoli, Perry Anderson, among others. She received an award for her investigative story about British former ballerina Joan Jara, widow of Víctor Jara, the Chilean musician murdered by Chilean Armed Forces in the days following the coup d’état of General Augusto Pinochet. Besides Chile, Sayuri has reported stories from Cuba, France, Jordan, and Eastern Europe.
Sayuri has also worked at Folha de S.Paulo, Brazil’s most influential newspaper. Founded in 1921, Folha has the biggest circulation among quality newspapers in Brazil. She has written for different editions inside Folha: sãopaulo magazine, Ilustrada (cultural desk) and Mundo (international desk), for example. Juliana Sayuri is currently editor at Arq.Futuro, a digital platform for discussion about the future of the cities. She is fluent in English, French and Spanish, and a native Portuguese speaker. She has basic command of Italian and Japanese. She has visited 34 countries since 2009.