Pimentel Walker received her Ph.D. in Anthropology (2013) from the University of California, San Diego, masters degrees in both Urban Planning and Latin American Studies (2005) from the University of California, Los Angeles, and law degree from Brazil.
Her research examines the outcomes of participatory city planning from the perspective of those living in squatter settlements and Afro-Brazilian territories. She reflects on the evolving discourses of citizen participation in light of over twenty years of planning mechanisms such as the participatory budget process in Brazil. Her findings highlight how partisan politics and profit-driven redevelopment projects have undermined the initial effectiveness of democratic planning as a tool of sustainable slum upgrading.
2017 Steil, C.A and Pimentel Walker, A.P. Religious Belonging in the Hispanic Catholic Charismatic Movement in San Diego. Journal of Historical Archaeology & Anthropological Science 1(3): 1-9.
2016 Pimentel Walker, A.P. “Self-Help or Public Housing? Lessons from Co-Managed Slum Upgrading via Participatory Budget. Habitat International 55: 58-66.
2015 McEwen, M. and Pimentel Walker, A.P. Brazil: Twenty-First-Century Architectures of the MegaEvent. The Avery Review 9:1-12
2015 Pimentel Walker, A.P. The Conflation of Participatory Budgeting and Public–Private Partnerships in Porto Alegre, Brazil: the Construction of a Working‐Class Mall for Street Hawkers. Economic Anthropology 2(1): 165-184.
2013 Pimentel Walker, A.P. Embodied Identity and Political Participation: Squatters’ Engagement in the Participatory Budget in Brazil. Ethos 41(2): 199- 222.