Research Interests: Social Change, Development, Globalization, Comparative Historical Studies, Latin America and the Western Hemisphere
Mauricio Font is director of the Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies and professor of sociology at the Graduate Center and Queens College, City University of New York.
Professor Font’s The State and the Private Sector in Latin America (Palgrave, 2015) studies the rise of public-private collaboration in ten Latin American countries. His publications on Brazil include Coffee and Transformation in São Paulo, Brazil (Lexington Books, 2010), Transforming Brazil: A Reform Era in Perspective (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003), Coffee, Contention, and Change (Basil Blackwell, 1990). He is co-editor of The Brazilian State: Debate and Agenda (Lexington Books, 2011), Reforming Brazil (Lexington Books/Bildner Western Hemisphere Series, 2004), and Café e Política: Ação da Elite Cafeeira na Política Paulista 1920-1930 (1988, Rev. 2010), and he is the editor of Charting a New Course: The Politics of Globalization and Social Transformation (Rowman & Littlefield, 2001).
He has published several co-edited volumes: Handbook of Contemporary Cuba: Economy, Politics, Civil Society, and Globalization (Paradigm Press, 2013), Handbook on Cuban History, Literature, and the Arts (Paradigm Press, 2014), Cuban Counterpoints: The Legacy of Fernando Ortiz (Lexington Books, 2005), La República Cubana y José Martí (1902-2002) (Lexington Books, 2005), Toward a New Cuba? (Lynne Rienner, 1997) and Integración económica y democratización: América Latina y Cuba (Instituto de Estudios Internacionales, Universidad de Chile, 1998). In addition, he has organized several online volumes, including Reformando el modelo económico cubano (2014), Changing Cuba in a Changing World (2008), Cuba: In transition? Pathways to Renewal, Long-term Development and Global Reintegration (2006), and Cuba Today: Continuity and Change since the ‘Periodo Especial’ (2004).
He is currently working on Brazilian Statism: Rise and Limits (forthcoming) and updating the Handbook of Contemporary Cuba: Economy, Politics, Civil Society, and Globalization (Paradigm Press, 2013).
Professor Font has published essays on Latin America, the North American Free Trade Agreement and US-Latin America relations, and the comparative-historical study of development trajectories in settler societies.
He has taught at the University of Michigan, Rutgers University, the University of Brasilia, IUPERJ, and UNESP. He earned his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Michigan.