Maria Hermínia Tavares de Almeida (Ph.D, University of São Paulo) is senior researcher at Centro Brasileiro de Análise e Planejamento (CEBRAP) and retired Professor of Political Science at the University of São Paulo (USP). She has conducted research on public policies and Brazilian political institutions, and more recently on public opinion and foreign policy in Brazil. Some of her publications include Crise Econômica e Interesses Organizados (Economic Crisis and Organized Interests, Edusp, 1993 ); Foreign policy responses to the rise of Brazil – balancing power in emerging states (with Gian Luca Gardini, Palgrave-McMillan, 2016); Os Anos de Ouro: Ensaios sobre a democracia no Brasil (The Gilded Years – Essays on Democracy in Brazil, Ed. Horizonte, Lisboa,2019), and close to 100 articles in academic journals and books.
She has served as member of the International Political Science Association's Executive Committee (2006-2009), and as President of the Brazilian Political Science Association (2004-2008) and LASA (2010-2012). She has been member of the World Bank Chief Economist's Council of Eminent Persons (2016-2018), of the Brazil Institute's Advisory Council and the Latin American Program’s Advisory Council at the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars, and of the Academic Council of the European Union–Latin America and the Caribbean Foundation (EU-LAC Foundation). She holds the National Order of Scientific Merit (2006) and received the Academic Excellence Award in Political Science granted by the Social Sciences Graduate Programs Association-ANPOCS, Brazil (2013). Presently she is member of the D. Paulo Evaristo Arns Commission for Protection of Human Rights (Comissão Arns).
Robert Kaufman (Ph.D., Harvard University) is Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University. He has written widely on authoritarianism and democratic transitions and on the political economy of economic reform. His current research is on the relation between inequality, distributive conflict, and democratization during the “Third Wave.” His most recent book is Dictators and Democrats: Elites, Masses, and Regime Change, co-authored with Stephan Haggard (Princeton University Press, 2016). Other books co-authored with Stephan Haggard include Development, Democracy, and Welfare States: Latin America, East Asia, and Eastern Europe (Princeton University Press, 2008) and The Political Economy of Democratic Transitions (Princeton University Press, 1995), winner of the 1995 Luebbert Prize for the best book in comparative politics, awarded by the Comparative Politics Section of the American Political Science Association; Kaufman is co-editor (with Joan M. Nelson) of Crucial Needs, Weak Incentives: Social Sector Reform, Globalization and Democratization in Latin America (Cambridge University Press, 2004).
Jorge Antonio Alves (Ph.D., Brown University) is Associate Professor of Political Science at Queens College, CUNY. His research focuses on subnational politics, political party behavior, intergovernmental relations, and the implementation of public health and social policy in Brazil and Latin America more broadly. His work has been published in journals such as Comparative Politics, Latin American Politics and Society, and the Journal of Politics in Latin America.
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