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).
Roberto Simon is the senior director for policy at Americas Society/Council of the Americas and the politics editor for Americas Quarterly. Previously, Simon served as the lead Latin America analyst at FTI Consulting’s Geopolitical Intelligence practice. He also worked for almost 10 years as a journalist at O Estado de S. Paulo, covering political crises, elections, natural disasters, and conflicts throughout Latin America and in the Middle East. He was a public policy fellow at the Wilson Center in Washington, DC and is currently working on a book about Brazil’s involvement in Chile’s 1973 coup. Simon has a master’s in public policy from Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where he was a Jorge Paulo Lemann fellow, and a master’s in international relations from the University of the State of Sao Paulo (UNESP).
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.
Paulo Vieira da Cunha is a Partner and Head of Research at Tandem Global Markets’ Emerging Markets Fund. In 2008, he completed a two-year appointment as Deputy Governor at the Central Bank of Brazil, where he was also a member of the Bank’s Policy Committee. Earlier he held senior positions in the government of the State of São Paulo. He was a researcher at IPEA in Rio de Janeiro where he edited Pesquisa e Planejamento Econômico, and at CEBRAP in São Paulo, in addition to holding the post of Associate Professor of Economics at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. In addition to his writings for the market, he has over 50 publications in areas of labour economics, the economics of inflation and macroeconomics in general.
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