Featuring the new RBPI´s Board Members – Kathy Hochstetler and Jerry Dávila

We´re pleased to introduce the new member of RBPI´s Editorial Board, Rafael Villa and Kathryn Sikkink:

Kathy-Hochstetler-Cropped-113x148Kathy Hochstetler holds a PhD in Political Science (Minnesota), but has always been interested in the interdisciplinary study of environment and development. She has researched this theme from many angles – global environmental negotiations, regional trade agreements (Mercosur), and through the study of national environmental movements, environment policy, and democratic institutions, primarily in South America.  She has conducted field research in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, South Africa, Uruguay, and Venezuela. Her most recent book is the prize-winning Greening Brazil: Environmental Activism in State and Society (Duke University Press, with Margaret Keck). She is currently completing a research project on the role of the BASIC countries (Brazil, China, India, South Africa) in climate negotiations and is writing a book on the adoption of wind and solar power in Brazil and South Africa. In addition, she is researching south-south development finance, with particular focus on Brazil’s BNDES. This research was supported by grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Canada) and the Centre for International Governance Innovation as well as the University of Waterloo. Hochstetler previously held academic positions at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and Political Science department of the University of Waterloo (Canada), the University of New Mexico (US), and Colorado State University (US). She is part of the editorial team of the Review of International Political Economy, an Associate Editor of Journal of Politics in Latin America, and on the Editorial Boards of Global Environmental Politics and Latin American Politics and Society.

jdavilaJerry Dávila is Jorge Paulo Lemann professor of Brazilian History at the University of Illinois.  Currently he is Director of the University of Illinois Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies. He serves as President of the Conference on Latin American History, the affiliate of the American Historical Association dedicated to the study of Latin America.Dávila’s research focuses on in the influence of racial thought in public policy, as well as the state and social movements in the twentieth century. He has authored several books including Hotel Trópico: Brazil and the Challenge of African Decolonization (Duke, 2010), winner of the Latin Studies Association Brazil Section Book Prize; and of Diploma of Whiteness: Race and Social Policy in Brazil, 1917-1945 (Duke, 2003). In 2000, Dávila taught as a Fulbright Lecturer at the University of São paulo, and in 2005, he held the Fulbright Distinguished chair at the Catholic University in Rio de Janeiro. He has also received the national endowment for the Humanities Fellowship and the Fulbright-Hays Research Fellowship. He has also written for publications including the New York Times and the Cairo Review about the experiences of military rule and redemocratization in Brazil, Argentina and Chile, the subject of his most recent book, Dictatorship in South America (Wiley, 2013).

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