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about me | mini bio

I am founder and associate professor at the School of International Relations at FGV, where I study the intersection between domestic politics and international hierarchies.  At the core of all my projects is an interest in exploring how interactions between unequal power among states and political competition within them shape global order. My first book published in 2009 analyzes Henry Kissinger’s attempt at devolving power and authority to autocratic Brazil. A second book published in 2014 investigates how democratic leaders in Brazil set out to tame U.S. hegemony under unipolarity. Current projects involve the study of autocracy and transnational repression within liberal international order, the politics of nuclear latency, environmental destruction in new democracies, and regional security in the Western Hemisphere. 


Alongside my scholarly research, I have led a decade-long institution building project to create a major hub for researching and teaching International Relations in Brazil.   Setting up a school and helping build a community around it has been an enormously rewarding experience.  Before joining academia, I worked for the United Nations. I completed my doctorate at Oxford University, and have since then held visiting positions at the LSE, King’s College London, and the Council on Foreign Relations. My research and institution-building efforts have been supported by the Hewlett Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the Stanton Foundation, the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and the National Research Council of Brazil, among others. In the period 2012-19, I was foreign policy columnist at Folha de S. Paulo, a major daily newspaper. I am a regular commentator on the politics and foreign affairs of Latin America and the developing world through  outlets such as the New York Times, the Financial Times, and Foreign Affairs.

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