Insight on Brazil

May 19, 2016
Columbia in Brazil

A Resource for Journalists


Events in Brazil occurring contemporaneously with the 2016 Rio Olympic Games are having an enormous impact well beyond the nation’s borders. Each of these subjects—from water quality and the Zika virus to Brazil’s economy and the country’s historic political upheaval—is challenging in its complexity. Here we have created a roster of Columbia faculty members identifiable by their subject matter expertise to help provide context and the objective insight for understanding these issues.


The University’s wide-ranging academic resources are bolstered for this purpose by the Columbia Global Center in Rio de Janeiro and by Columbia’s Lemann Center for Brazilian Studies, as well as our participation in the Lemann Dialogue.

For media inquiries, contact Eric Sharfstein.
 

News

Government & Politics

Are The Rio Games Showing Brazil As An Emerging Power?

Source: The Huffington Post — Expert: Marcos Troyjo

Public Health

Substance Abuse More Likely Among High Schoolers With Mental Health Issues

Source: Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health — Expert: Silvia Martins

Zika

Playing Catch-Up With Zika

Source: U.S. News and World Report — Expert: Stephen Morse

Experts by Subject

Alexander Alberro Brazil Expert

Alexander Alberro

Department of Art History and Archaeology

Languages: Portuguese, Spanish

Contact: aa2789@columbia.edu


Alberro’s research focuses on the various important ways Latin American artists working in several different cities in the mid-twentieth century altered the nature of modern art. Two of these cities are São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. He also studies the particular ways in which different social contexts imagine the relationship of art to its public. His writing includes several volumes on Conceptual Art, many publications on contemporary art, as well as Abstraction in Reverse: The Reconfigured Spectator in Mid-Twentieth Century Latin American Art to be published in 2016 by University of Chicago Press.

Gustavo Azenha Brazil Expert Columbia University

Gustavo Azenha

Columbia's Lemann Center for Brazilian Studies

Languages: Portuguese, Spanish

Contact: ga2161@columbia.edu

Twitter: @gazenha


Azenha is an expert on Brazilian social movements, the role of civil society in policy-making, and sustainable development. In Brazil, he researches the interrelations between media, social movements, and citizenship; the role and impact of new technologies in education; and the interrelations between socioenvironmental movements and sustainable development policies. He is Director of Columbia University's Lemann Center for Brazilian Studies.

Walter E. Baethgen Columbia Brazil Expert

Walter E. Baethgen

Columbia’s Earth Institute

Languages: Portuguese, Spanish

Contact: baethgen@iri.columbia.edu

Twitter: @baethgen


Baethgen is Senior Research Scientist, Director of the Regional and Sectoral research program and the Leader for Latin America/Caribbean research in the International Research Institute for Climate and Society, The Earth Institute, Columbia University https://iri.columbia.edu/. For more than 25 years he has been establishing regional and national programs that aim to improve climate risk assessment and risk management in agriculture, water resources, and natural ecosystems. He acted as Lead Scholar for the Fulbright Foundation and as a consultant for IADB, The World Bank, United Nations, and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture. He also acted as a consultant to governments and the private sector in countries throughout Latin America. He was an author in IPCC’s Second, Third and Fourth Assessments Reports.

Barry Bergdoll Brazil Expert

Barry Bergdoll

Department of Art History and Archaeology

Languages: French

Contact: bgb1@columbia.edu


Bergdoll specializes in modern architectural history across a wide geography. In 2015, he co-curated a major exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980, with Professors Carlos Eduardo Comas of Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre and Jorge Francisco Liernur, Universidad Torcuato di Tella, Buenos Aires, and Dr. Patricio del Real. He has also done research on the historiography of Brazilian modernist architecture and on the history of architectural exhibitions on and in Brazil.

Kartik Chandran Brazil expert

Kartik Chandran

Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering

Languages: Tamil, Hindi, German

Contact: kc2288@columbia.edu

Twitter:@kartickchandran1


Chandran has been collaborating with research groups in Brazil focused on facilitating energy efficient wastewater treatment there. Through this approach, sewage treatment plants can discharge better water quality to receiving water bodies such as Guanabara Bay, where sailing events for the 2016 Olympic Games will be held. Additionally, such improvements to water quality can be achieved while emitting lower amounts of greenhouse gases. Recently Chandran led a team of Columbia students, who developed bioprocess technologies to enhance the capacity of the Alegria sewage treatment plant, which discharges to Guanabara Bay. The technology was prototyped at Columbia and the prototype was demonstrated in Rio de Janeiro. Chandran has been instrumental in the similar upgrade of the wastewater treatment infrastructure of New York City for enhancing the degree of treatment and ultimately protecting very sensitive water bodies surrounding New York City. Chandran is an authority on environmentally sustainable wastewater treatment and sanitation. He was named a 2015 MacArthur Fellow for his work in “transforming wastewater from a pollutant requiring disposal to a resource for useful products, such as commodity chemicals, energy sources, and fertilizers.” His current work includes water utility partners around the globe focused on improving water quality, while simultaneously using far lower amounts of energy and chemicals and actually recovering chemicals and energy.

Dr. Wendy Chavkin Brazil Expert

Dr. Wendy Chavkin

Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health

Languages: Spanish

Contact: wc9@columbia.edu


Dr. Chavkin is professor of Population and Family Health and Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is co-founder of Global Doctors for Choice, the network of physicians advocating for comprehensive reproductive healthcare. Frequently quoted in the media on Zika and pregnancy, she advocates for an approach to the fight against Zika which focuses on improving sanitation, controlling mosquitoes, and guaranteeing the right to full and adequate reproductive healthcare for all women. She has written extensively about women's reproductive health issues. Dr. Chavkin served as the chair to the Board of Directors of Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health, and is the former editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American Medical Women's Association and director of the Bureau of Maternity Services and Family Planning in New York City's Department of Health.

Cristiane Duarte Brazil Expert

Dr. Cristiane S. Duarte

Columbia Psychiatry

Languages: Portuguese, Spanish

Contact: cd2003@cumc.columbia.edu


Dr. Duarte's research is based on innovative population-based studies about the development of mental disorders in children, adolescents and young adults. At Columbia since 2001, she has kept and expanded several collaborations with Brazilian colleagues, all geared towards improving understanding and treatment for children with mental health problems. Currently, Dr. Duarte is a leader of the Boricua Youth Study, the only multi-national source of information about how mental disorders develop from childhood to young adulthood in a Latino subgroup (Puerto Ricans). Children, now young adults, in this unique sample, half of which lives in the South Bronx, NYC, have been exposed to a number of traumatic events over the course of their lives. She is involved in a study following up children and adolescents living in a violent area in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with the objective of understanding how youth obtain services in a low-resource area, similar to many others in the country and elsewhere. Both the Brazilian and Puerto Rican samples are among the very few rigorous longitudinal studies able to inform us about the development of mental health problems in children of Latino ethnicity in the USA or abroad. Dr. Duarte is the Lambert Associate Professor of Child Psychiatry in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Columbia University - New York State Psychiatric Institute. She obtained her doctorate at the Federal University of Sao Paulo in Brazil.

Pam Factor-Litvak Brazil Expert Columbia University

Pam Factor-Litvak

Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health

Contact: prf1@columbia.edu


Factor-Litvak is co-leading (with Dr. Gilberto Kac of the Federal University in Rio de Janeiro) a research project in Brazil, titled “Biological Markers and Mental Health as Determinants of Pregnancy, Maternal and Childhood Outcomes: A Large Cohort Study from Pregnancy to Two Years of Postpartum.” The project is looking at nutritional biomarkers and a variety of maternal and infant outcomes. Broadly, her research utilizes birth cohorts, or groups of individuals born at particular times and in particular places. Her current research interests concern the biological relationships between environmental exposures and development. Specifically, she focuses on utero and early childhood exposures to heavy metals, endocrine disrupting compounds (e.g. PCBs, pesticides), and developmental and reproductive outcomes in late childhood, adolescence and adulthood.

Katia Fernandes Brazil Expert Columbia University

Kátia Fernandes

Columbia’s Earth Institute

Language: Portuguese, Spanish

Contact: katia@iri.columbia.edu


Fernandes is a climate scientist with expertise on Amazon climate. At Columbia's International Research Institute for Climate and Society, she developed a seasonal forecast model to predict the western Amazon fire season, a tool that can be used for prevention and preparedness ahead of extreme drought events. Her research interests involve the dynamics of fires and climate as well as long-term climate variability and change in the humid tropics.

Albert Fishlow Brazil Expert Columbia University

Albert Fishlow

Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs

Language: Portuguese

Contact: af594@columbia.edu


Fishlow has 50 years of experience in Brazil and is Professor Emeritus at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs. He has visited Brazil often and most recently was in Brasilia at the beginning of June where he gave public lectures. He is the author of Starting Over: Brazil Since 1985 (2011), about the nation's economy, politics, social policy, and foreign policy. He is also co-author of a forthcoming book on recent Brazilian agricultural expansion and its lessons for productivity advance in other sectors. His published research has addressed issues in economic history, Brazilian and Latin American development strategy, as well as economic relations between industrialized and developing countries. He writes a monthly column for the Estado de São Paulo.

Merrit B. Fox Brazil Expert Columbia University

Merritt B. Fox

Columbia Law School

Contact: mfox1@law.columbia.edu


Fox has expertise on Brazilian securities law and international lending to Brazil. At Columbia Law School, he is Co-Director of the Center for Law and Economic Studies and Co-Director of The Program in the Law and Economics of Capital Markets. His areas of research include corporate and securities law, international securities regulation, and comparative corporate law.

François Gerard Brazil Expert Columbia University

François Gerard

Department of Economics

Languages: French

Contact: fgerard@columbia.edu


Gerard conducts research in Brazil that investigates the existence of sizable gender and racial labor market inequalities and policy issues related to the prevalence of informal workers in the Brazilian labor market. Broadly, his work focuses on the design and impact of government policies in the context of middle-income and developing countries, particularly in the areas of poverty alleviation, social insurance, and taxation.

Frank Guridy Brazil Expert Columbia University

Frank Guridy

Department of History

Languages: Spanish

Contact: fg2368@columbia.edu

Twitter: @fguridy


Guridy’s expertise includes the way cities have planned for and hosted Olympics and the implications for communities in host cities. One of his current writing projects is a book titled Assembly in the Fragmented City: A History of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. He studies sport history, urban history, and the history of the African Diaspora in the Americas.

Antoine Halff Brazil Expert Columbia University

Antoine Halff

Columbia's Center on Global Energy Policy

Languages: French

Contact: amh140@sipa.columbia.edu


Over his 20-year career in energy, Halff has focused on Brazil’s oil landscape and its place in the global markets alongside other key energy “hot-spots” including the Middle East, China, Russia and the US. He is the former Chief Oil Analyst at the International Energy Agency (IEA). Currently, he is Senior Fellow and Director of the Global Oil Markets Research Program at Columbia University's Center on Global Energy Policy.

Ana Paula Huback Brazil Expert Columbia University

Ana Paula Huback

Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures

Languages: Portuguese, Spanish

Contact: aph2129@columbia.edu


Huback’s research focuses on how Brazilian Portuguese has changed throughout the centuries, taking into account how social factors (such as social class, gender, age group) play a role in processes of language variation and change. She also investigates language variations across different Brazilian Portuguese dialects. Her writing includes textbooks for foreigners who want to learn Brazilian Portuguese as a second language.

Clara Irazábal Brazil Expert Columbia University

Clara Irazábal

Columbia's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

Languages: Portuguese, Spanish

Contact: cei2108@columbia.edu


Irazábal has conducted planning research on Curitiba, the Comperj mega-development project in Rio de Janeiro, favela rehabilitation in Rio das Pedras and Providencia, inclusionary and affordable housing in Porto Maravilha, and social housing movements in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. Her research focuses on urban planning in Latin American cities and explores the interactions of culture, politics and place-making, and their impact on community development and socio-spatial justice.

Thomas M. Jessel Expert Columbia University

Thomas M. Jessell

Columbia’s Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute

Contact: anne.holden@columbia.edu


Thomas Jessell, a neuroscientist and an expert in how the brain controls movement, can lend insight into how Olympic gymnasts—and all of us—maintain balance. Olympian Simone Biles, one of the most decorated gymnasts in history, can backflip three times in a row on a beam only four inches wide. Science has provided an initial insight into the way in which the brain accomplishes this feat and keeps our bodies balanced from moment to moment. A co-director of Columbia’s Zuckerman Institute, Dr. Jessell studies the underlying circuitry in the brain that allows nerve cells to control movement. His work may enable more effective therapies for people with spinal cord injuries or movement disorders such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease).

Paul Lagunes Brazil Expert Columbia University

Paul Lagunes

Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs

Languages: Spanish

Contact: pfl2106@columbia.edu

Twitter: @paullagunes


Lagunes is an anti-corruption expert with a focus on the Americas. He has researched Brazil's Mensalão scandal.

Upmanu Lall Brazil Expert Columbia University

Upmanu Lall

Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering / Columbia’s Earth Institute

Languages: Hindi, Punjabi

Contact: ula2@columbia.edu


Lall is a top authority on water, climate, risk management, floods and related issues in Brazil and globally. In Brazil, he has worked on water infrastructure, flooding, allocation of water resources, and municipal water plans. He is the Director of the Columbia Water Center and the Alan and Carol Silberstein Professor of Engineering at Columbia University.

Henry Levin Brazil Expert Columbia University

Henry Levin

Teachers College, Columbia University

Languages: Spanish

Contact: hl361@columbia.edu


In Brazil, Levin has studied the impact of educational choice on social stratification as well as the adoption of his Accelerated Schools Project in the state of Minas Gerais. His publications include: Educacao e Desigualde No Brasil (Rio de Janeiro, Editorial Vozes, 1984). Escola e trabalho: No Estado Capitalista (Editorial Cortez, 1993). He is a specialist in the economics of education with a focus on cost-effectiveness and benefit-cost analysis of educational policies. He has devoted his international work primarily to Latin America, China, and Western Europe. Levin holds the Ph.D. in Economics and is a past-president of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES). He is the William Heard Kilpatrick Professor of Economics and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University.

Natasha Lightfoot Brazil Expert Columbia University

Natasha J. Lightfoot

Department of History

Contact: nlightfoot@columbia.edu

Twitter: @njlightfoot


Lightfoot has expertise on slavery and emancipation in Brazil in the 19th century. Her research focuses on slavery and emancipation studies, and black identities, politics, and cultures in the fields of Caribbean, Atlantic World, and African Diaspora History. She has been a Scholar in Residence at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library.

Dr. Ian Lipkin Brazil Expert Columbia University

Dr. Ian Lipkin

Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health

Contact: wil2001@columbia.edu


Dr. Lipkin, John Snow Professor of Epidemiology and director of the Center for Infection and Immunity (CII) at Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health, has been named the “world’s most celebrated virus hunter,” and CII is one of the world’s largest and most advanced academic centers focused on microbial surveillance, diagnosis, and discovery. Dr. Lipkin and his team pioneered genetic methods to rapidly identify infectious agents and have molecularly characterized more than 700 novel viruses. They are currently working to address the Zika outbreak on two fronts. First, they are developing tests to quickly determine whether someone is infected by Zika or other mosquito-borne viruses like Dengue, Chikungunya, or West Nile. Secondly, they are working to understand the connections between infection and outcomes like microcephaly. Dr. Lipkin identified the West Nile virus as the cause of an encephalitis outbreak in New York City in 1999.

Gina Lovasi Brazil Expert Columbia University

Gina Lovasi

Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health

Contact: glovasi@columbia.edu

Twitter: @ginalovasi


Lovasi is working with colleagues in Rio de Janeiro and at Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health on characterizing the health needs of the Rio das Pedras favela. This includes a systematic mapping of 643 streets, collection of more than 4,000 photos relevant to the production of population health, documenting health indicators through partnerships with local leaders, and mapping health data to identify gaps that could benefit from intervention. Being able to measure and map public spaces that support mosquito breeding would be a crucial element in making the case for increased sanitation services or re-surfacing of roads in light of the emerging Zika Virus crisis. Lovasi and Prof. Jeanine Genkinger have a planning grant for work on food systems in Brazil, through Columbia’s President’s Global Innovation Fund. The project aims to foster partnerships between Columbia's Mailman School and local academic and policy leaders in Rio de Janeiro for assessing opportunities to build on data resources relevant to ambient pollution, mortality, and food development and distribution systems, for example, with attention to potential synergies to working simultaneously with the sanitation and transportation sectors.

Alonso Martinez Brazil Expert Columbia University

Alonso Martinez

Columbia Business School

Languages: Portuguese, Spanish

Contact: am3638@gsb.columbia.edu


Martinez specializes in strategy in emerging markets, with deep experience in Latin America. He lived and worked in Brazil and throughout Latin America for over 25 years as a strategy consultant with Booz, Allen and Hamilton. He is a member of the full time faculty at Columbia Business School, where he teaches courses on “Catching Growth Waves in Emerging Markets” and “Winning with a Capabilities Driven Strategy.” He has also led Global Immersion Programs to Brazil and India.

Dr. Silvia Martins Brazil Expert Columbia University

Dr. Silvia Martins

Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health

Languages: Portuguese, Spanish

Contact: ssm2183@columbia.edu


Dr. Martins’ research focuses on alcohol, tobacco and other drug use in São Paulo. She recently published research on the latent profile of alcohol use disorder symptoms among alcohol users in São Paulo and the connection between substance use and socioeconomic inequalities. With collaborators at the Federal University of Sao Paulo (UNIFESP), she has published on the patterns of substance use among middle and high school children in Brazil and is currently developing a program to explore the role of exposure to trauma and violence in the development of psychopathology (including substance use) in pre-school children and adolescents in São Paulo.

Nara Milanich Brazil Expert Columbia University

Nara Milanich

Department of History

Languages: Portuguese, Spanish, Italian

Contact: nmilanic@barnard.edu

Twitter: @naramilanich


Milanich has conducted archival research in Brazil studying the science and law of paternity in Brazil. She is writing a book titled The Birth of Uncertainty: A Global History of the Paternity Test. Her expertise includes Latin American history, comparative history of family and kinship, childhood, gender, reproduction, law, and social inequality.

Curtis Milhaupt Brazil Expert Columbia University

Curtis J. Milhaupt

Columbia Law School

Contact: milhaupt@law.columbia.edu


Together with Brazilian legal scholar Mariana Pargendler, Milhaupt is conducting a study of global best practices in the governance of "mixed ownership" enterprises (corporations whose shares are partially owned by governments and partially by private investors on stock exchanges). The study has been commissioned by Bovespa, the Brazilian Stock Exchange. He is a top authority on comparative corporate governance; law and economic development; and state capitalism.

Steve Morse Brazil Expert Columbia University

Stephen Morse

Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health

Contact: ssm20@columbia.edu


Morse has been widely quoted on the threat of Zika in leading print, broadcast and digital media outlets. While he was program manager for Biodefense at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Department of Defense, he co-directed the Pathogen Countermeasures program and subsequently directed the Advanced Diagnostics program. His book, Emerging Viruses was selected by "American Scientist" for its list of "100 Top Science Books of the 20th Century". He originated the term and concept of emerging viruses/infections; and was the founding chair of ProMED (the nonprofit international Program to Monitor Emerging Diseases) and an originator of ProMED-mail, an international network inaugurated by ProMED in 1994 for outbreak reporting and disease monitoring using the Internet.

Jose Antonio Ocampo Brazil Expert Columbia University

José Antonio Ocampo

Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs

Languages: Spanish

Contact: ocampo.joseantonio@yahoo.com


Ocampo is an expert on Latin America and follows economic development in Brazil and across the region. He has held numerous positions at the United Nations and his native Colombia, including UN Under Secretary General for Economic and Social Affairs, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), and Minister of Finance, Minister of Agriculture and Director of the National Planning Office of Colombia. He has published extensively on macroeconomic theory and policy, international financial issues, economic and social development, international trade, and Colombian and Latin American economic history.

Richard Peña Brazil Expert Columbia University

Richard Peña

Columbia University School of the Arts

Languages: Portuguese, Spanish, French

Contact: rap4@columbia.edu


Peña is a scholar of Brazilian film and television history, and is knowledgeable about Brazilian popular and political culture. An expert on international cinema, he served as Program Director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Director of the New York Film Festival.

Vincent Racaniello Brazil Expert Columbia University

Vincent Racaniello

Columbia University Medical Center

Contact: vrr1@cumc.columbia.edu

Twitter: @profvrr


Racaniello studies the Zika virus and is working to understand whether different strains of the virus, including recent Brazilian strains, are associated with varying disease outcomes.

Pedro Rivera Brazil Expert Columbia University

Pedro Rivera

Columbia's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

Languages: Portuguese

Contact: pr2427@columbia.edu


Rivera is an architect and urbanist in Rio de Janeiro. He is director at Studio-X Rio, a global network established by Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, dedicated to thinking about the future of cities. Located at Praça Tiradentes, in the core of Rio's downtown, the institution is the most active venue in the city dedicated to architecture, planning and related fields, bringing together an international network of professionals, academics, decision makers and students to participate in an intense program of lectures, workshops and exhibitions. The content developed at Studio-X addresses the city’s most pressing challenges including mobility, housing, and urban informality/inequality. Rivera is also a founder and partner at RUA Arquitetos, an award winning firm that has had works exhibited at MoMA New York, MAK Wien, Shenzen Architecture Biennial, Chicago Architecture Biennial, and Venice Architecture Biennial. The firm operates in multiple dimensions and territories, ranging from bottom-up projects in the favelas of Rio to the 2016 Olympics Games Golf Clubhouse. Rivera holds a master’s degree in Urbanism at PROURB FAU UFRJ and was an architecture and urban design professor at Universidade Estácio de Sá and PUC-Rio.

Christopher Sabatini Brazil Expert Columbia University

Christopher Sabatini

Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs

Languages: Spanish

Contact: cs2773@columbia.edu

Twitter: @chrissabatini


Sabatini is an authority on the political economy of Brazil and Brazil's foreign policy. Since 2015, he is founder and editor of the news and opinion website Latin America Goes Global. From 2005 to 2014 he was the senior director of policy at the Americas Society and Council of the Americas (AS/COA) and the founder and editor-in-chief of the hemispheric policy journal Americas Quarterly (AQ).

Karl Sauvant Brazil Expert Columbia University

Karl Sauvant

Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment

Languages: German

Contact: ksauva@law.columbia.edu


Sauvant is an authority on foreign direct investment in Brazil and globally. He served as the Director of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development's (UNCTAD’s) Investment Division, the focal point in the UN system for matters related to foreign direct investment, as well as a major interface with the private sector. He is Resident Senior Fellow at the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment and an Adjunct Senior Research Scholar and Lecturer in Law at Columbia Law School.

Jose Scheinkman Columbia University Brazil Expert

José A. Scheinkman

Department of Economics

Languages: Portuguese, French

Contact: js3317@columbia.edu


Scheinkman has been a consultant to several financial institutions in Brazil and the U.S., and serves on the board of Cosan Limited, a NYSE listed company engaged in infrastructure and in the production and distribution of sugar, ethanol and energy in Brazil. He is an economic theorist and financial economist who is the Charles and Lynn Zhang Professor of Economics at Columbia University. Scheinkman is a Member of the National Academy of Sciences, Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Fellow of the Econometric Society, Corresponding Member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences. In 2007 he was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship. His current research focuses on bubbles in financial markets and the determinants of the size of the financial industry.

Christopher Small Brazil Expert Columbia University

Christopher Small

Columbia’s Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory

Contact: csmall@columbia.edu


Small is a geophysicist with diverse interests in Earth surface processes - both natural and human- induced. He is currently involved in research projects on urban growth and forest loss in São Paulo state in Brazil. He is an expert on image analysis and remote sensing. His research focuses on spatial network dynamics, urban growth and landscape evolution with field programs in Brazil, Bangladesh, Oman and New York.

Rodrigo Soares Brazil Expert Columbia University

Rodrigo Soares

Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs

Languages: Portuguese

Contact: rr3115@columbia.com


Soares’ research centers on development economics, ranging from labor, human capital and population, to crime. He won the Brazilian national award for economic research (Premio Haralambos Simeonidis) three times (2003, 2006 and 2009). He has worked extensively as a consultant for the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and state governments in Brazil on issues related to crime and violence, health, and development. He is Lemann Professor of Brazilian Public Policy and International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. Before joining Columbia, Soares taught at the Sao Paulo School of Economics-FGV, PUC-Rio, the University of Maryland, and the Harvard School of Public Health (Department of Global Health and Population).

Ezra Susser Brazil Expert Columbia University

Dr. Ezra Susser

Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health

Contact: ess8@cumc.columbia.edu


Dr. Susser’s research in Brazil, primarily in Rio de Janeiro, started more than a decade ago with a pilot study of mental health problems of homeless people in Rio. He and colleagues then obtained a “hub” grant, now named RedeAmericas, to develop a mental health research network for six cities in Latin America. Broadly, his research examines the role of early life experience in health and disease throughout the life course. He is co-founder of the Global Mental Health Program at Columbia and director of the Psychiatric Epidemiology Training program.

Kiran Thakur Brazil Expert Columbia University

Dr. Kiran Thakur

Columbia University Medical Center

Contact: ktt2115@cumc.columbia.edu


Dr. Thakur, an authority on neuroinfectious diseases and neuroimmunology, is conducting research on the spectrum of neurological manifestations of Zika virus infection, including Guillain Barre Syndrome. She also works as a World Health Organization consultant on guideline development on the assessment and management of neurological complications of Zika virus infection, and is involved in community education efforts.

Thomas Trebat Brazil Expert Columbia University

Thomas J. Trebat

Columbia Global Centers, Rio de Janeiro

Languages: Portuguese

Contact: tt2166@columbia.edu


Trebat is an economist and political analyst who serves as Director of the Columbia Global Centers, Rio de Janeiro. Since 2012, he has been based in Rio de Janeiro for Columbia and travels extensively in Brazil to build connections with partner institutions in government and academia. For twenty-five years, he worked as a Latin America sovereign analyst on Wall Street for major financial institutions. He is an Adjunct Professor of International Affairs at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs where he teaches a seminar on the Brazilian economy. His research focuses on the role of the state in the Brazilian economy.

Marcos Troyjo Brazil Expert Columbia University

Marcos Troyjo

Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs

Languages: Portuguese, Spanish

Contact: mt2792@columbia.edu

Twitter: @marcostroyjo


Troyjo specializes in Brazil's politics and economy, Brazil-U.S. relations, emerging markets, global economic growth and governance, investment, trade, technology, and entrepreneurship. He is an op-ed columnist for Folha de S. Paulo.

Maria Uriarte Brazil Expert Columbia University

María Uriarte

Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology

Languages: Portuguese, Spanish

Contact: mu2126@columbia.edu


Uriarte studies the processes that drive changes in forest cover in tropical landscapes and the implications of these dynamics for human wellbeing. In Brazil, her projects focus on identifying priority areas for conservation and restoration with the goal of protecting the water supply in the face of changing climate and increasing demand for agricultural land.

Eric Verhoogen Brazil Expert Columbia University

Eric Verhoogen

Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs / Department of Economics

Contact: eric.verhoogen@columbia.edu

Twitter: @ericverhoogen


Verhoogen is working on an ongoing research project on the effects of minimum wages in Brazil. Beyond the standard outcomes of wages and employment, he is looking at the effects of minimum wages on other aspects of firms' behavior, including skill composition, product choice, innovation, and exporting behavior. His research focuses on issues of industrial upgrading in developing countries. He is Vice Dean of Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs and Co-Director of Columbia's Center for Development Economics and Policy.

Milton Wainberg Brazil Expert Columbia University

Milton L. Wainberg

Columbia Psychiatry

Languages: Portuguese, Spanish

Contact: mlw35@cumc.columbia.edu


Since 2002, Dr. Wainberg has been leading HIV prevention studies developing and implementing sexual risk reduction interventions for adults and adolescents in the mental health/substance use system of care in the cities of Rio de Janeiro and Itaborai, RJ, Brazil. He collaborates with faculty at several Brazilian Universities, including Universidades Federais do São Paulo (UNIFESP), Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and Minas Gerais (UFMG), Unirio and Fiocruz. Broadly, his research aims at implementing and disseminating scalable and sustainable efficacious interventions to decrease the research to practice gap. He investigates global mental health implementation science and the intersection of HIV prevention and care with mental health and substance use among diverse vulnerable populations in the U.S. and globally.

Barry Bergdoll Brazil Expert

Barry Bergdoll

Department of Art History and Archaeology

Languages: French

Contact: bgb1@columbia.edu


Bergdoll specializes in modern architectural history across a wide geography. In 2015, he co-curated a major exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980, with Professors Carlos Eduardo Comas of Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre and Jorge Francisco Liernur, Universidad Torcuato di Tella, Buenos Aires, and Dr. Patricio del Real. He has also done research on the historiography of Brazilian modernist architecture and on the history of architectural exhibitions on and in Brazil.

Clara Irazábal Brazil Expert Columbia University

Clara Irazábal

Columbia's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

Languages: Portuguese, Spanish

Contact: cei2108@columbia.edu


Irazábal has conducted planning research on Curitiba, the Comperj mega-development project in Rio de Janeiro, favela rehabilitation in Rio das Pedras and Providencia, inclusionary and affordable housing in Porto Maravilha, and social housing movements in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. Her research focuses on urban planning in Latin American cities and explores the interactions of culture, politics and place-making, and their impact on community development and socio-spatial justice.

Pedro Rivera Brazil Expert Columbia University

Pedro Rivera

Columbia's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

Languages: Portuguese

Contact: pr2427@columbia.edu


Rivera is an architect and urbanist in Rio de Janeiro. He is director at Studio-X Rio, a global network established by Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, dedicated to thinking about the future of cities. Located at Praça Tiradentes, in the core of Rio's downtown, the institution is the most active venue in the city dedicated to architecture, planning and related fields, bringing together an international network of professionals, academics, decision makers and students to participate in an intense program of lectures, workshops and exhibitions. The content developed at Studio-X addresses the city’s most pressing challenges including mobility, housing, and urban informality/inequality. Rivera is also a founder and partner at RUA Arquitetos, an award winning firm that has had works exhibited at MoMA New York, MAK Wien, Shenzen Architecture Biennial, Chicago Architecture Biennial, and Venice Architecture Biennial. The firm operates in multiple dimensions and territories, ranging from bottom-up projects in the favelas of Rio to the 2016 Olympics Games Golf Clubhouse. Rivera holds a master’s degree in Urbanism at PROURB FAU UFRJ and was an architecture and urban design professor at Universidade Estácio de Sá and PUC-Rio.

Alexander Alberro Brazil Expert

Alexander Alberro

Department of Art History and Archaeology

Languages: Portuguese, Spanish

Contact: aa2789@columbia.edu


Alberro’s research focuses on the various important ways Latin American artists working in several different cities in the mid-twentieth century altered the nature of modern art. Two of these cities are São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. He also studies the particular ways in which different social contexts imagine the relationship of art to its public. His writing includes several volumes on Conceptual Art, many publications on contemporary art, as well as Abstraction in Reverse: The Reconfigured Spectator in Mid-Twentieth Century Latin American Art to be published in 2016 by University of Chicago Press.

Gustavo Azenha Brazil Expert Columbia University

Gustavo Azenha

Columbia's Lemann Center for Brazilian Studies

Languages: Portuguese, Spanish

Contact: ga2161@columbia.edu

Twitter: @gazenha


Azenha is an expert on Brazilian social movements, the role of civil society in policy-making, and sustainable development. In Brazil, he researches the interrelations between media, social movements, and citizenship; the role and impact of new technologies in education; and the interrelations between socioenvironmental movements and sustainable development policies. He is Director of Columbia University's Lemann Center for Brazilian Studies.

Barry Bergdoll Brazil Expert

Barry Bergdoll

Department of Art History and Archaeology

Languages: French

Contact: bgb1@columbia.edu


Bergdoll specializes in modern architectural history across a wide geography. In 2015, he co-curated a major exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980, with Professors Carlos Eduardo Comas of Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre and Jorge Francisco Liernur, Universidad Torcuato di Tella, Buenos Aires, and Dr. Patricio del Real. He has also done research on the historiography of Brazilian modernist architecture and on the history of architectural exhibitions on and in Brazil.

Ana Paula Huback Brazil Expert Columbia University

Ana Paula Huback

Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures

Languages: Portuguese, Spanish

Contact: aph2129@columbia.edu


Huback’s research focuses on how Brazilian Portuguese has changed throughout the centuries, taking into account how social factors (such as social class, gender, age group) play a role in processes of language variation and change. She also investigates language variations across different Brazilian Portuguese dialects. Her writing includes textbooks for foreigners who want to learn Brazilian Portuguese as a second language.

Natasha Lightfoot Brazil Expert Columbia University

Natasha J. Lightfoot

Contact: nlightfoot@columbia.edu


Lightfoot has expertise on slavery and emancipation in Brazil in the 19th century. Her research focuses on slavery and emancipation studies, and black identities, politics, and cultures in the fields of Caribbean, Atlantic World, and African Diaspora History. She has been a Scholar in Residence at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library.

Richard Peña Brazil Expert Columbia University

Richard Peña

Columbia University School of the Arts

Languages: Portuguese, Spanish, French

Contact: rap4@columbia.edu


Peña is a scholar of Brazilian film and television history, and is knowledgeable about Brazilian popular and political culture. An expert on international cinema, he served as Program Director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Director of the New York Film Festival.

Merrit B. Fox Brazil Expert Columbia University

Merritt B. Fox

Columbia Law School

Contact: mfox1@law.columbia.edu


Fox has expertise on Brazilian securities law and international lending to Brazil. At Columbia Law School, he is Co-Director of the Center for Law and Economic Studies and Co-Director of The Program in the Law and Economics of Capital Markets. His areas of research include corporate and securities law, international securities regulation, and comparative corporate law.

François Gerard Brazil Expert Columbia University

François Gerard

Department of Economics

Languages: French

Contact: fgerard@columbia.edu


Gerard conducts research in Brazil that investigates the existence of sizable gender and racial labor market inequalities and policy issues related to the prevalence of informal workers in the Brazilian labor market. Broadly, his work focuses on the design and impact of government policies in the context of middle-income and developing countries, particularly in the areas of poverty alleviation, social insurance, and taxation.

Antoine Halff Brazil Expert Columbia University

Antoine Halff

Columbia's Center on Global Energy Policy

Languages: French

Contact: amh140@sipa.columbia.edu


Over his 20-year career in energy, Halff has focused on Brazil’s oil landscape and its place in the global markets alongside other key energy “hot-spots” including the Middle East, China, Russia and the US. He is the former Chief Oil Analyst at the International Energy Agency (IEA). Currently, he is Senior Fellow and Director of the Global Oil Markets Research Program at Columbia University's Center on Global Energy Policy.

Henry Levin Brazil Expert Columbia University

Henry Levin

Teachers College, Columbia University

Languages: Spanish

Contact: hl361@columbia.edu


In Brazil, Levin has studied the impact of educational choice on social stratification as well as the adoption of his Accelerated Schools Project in the state of Minas Gerais. His publications include: Educacao e Desigualde No Brasil (Rio de Janeiro, Editorial Vozes, 1984). Escola e trabalho: No Estado Capitalista (Editorial Cortez, 1993). He is a specialist in the economics of education with a focus on cost-effectiveness and benefit-cost analysis of educational policies. He has devoted his international work primarily to Latin America, China, and Western Europe. Levin holds the Ph.D. in Economics and is a past-president of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES). He is the William Heard Kilpatrick Professor of Economics and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University.

Alonso Martinez Brazil Expert Columbia University

Alonso Martinez

Columbia Business School

Languages: Portuguese, Spanish

Contact: am3638@gsb.columbia.edu


Martinez specializes in strategy in emerging markets, with deep experience in Latin America. He lived and worked in Brazil and throughout Latin America for over 25 years as a strategy consultant with Booz, Allen and Hamilton. He is a member of the full time faculty at Columbia Business School, where he teaches courses on “Catching Growth Waves in Emerging Markets” and “Winning with a Capabilities Driven Strategy.” He has also led Global Immersion Programs to Brazil and India.

Curtis Milhaupt Brazil Expert Columbia University

Curtis J. Milhaupt

Columbia Law School

Contact: milhaupt@law.columbia.edu


Together with Brazilian legal scholar Mariana Pargendler, Milhaupt is conducting a study of global best practices in the governance of "mixed ownership" enterprises (corporations whose shares are partially owned by governments and partially by private investors on stock exchanges). The study has been commissioned by Bovespa, the Brazilian Stock Exchange. He is a top authority on comparative corporate governance; law and economic development; and state capitalism.

Jose Antonio Ocampo Brazil Expert Columbia University

José Antonio Ocampo

Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs

Languages: Spanish

Contact: ocampo.joseantonio@yahoo.com


Ocampo is an expert on Latin America and follows economic development in Brazil and across the region. He has held numerous positions at the United Nations and his native Colombia, including UN Under Secretary General for Economic and Social Affairs, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), and Minister of Finance, Minister of Agriculture and Director of the National Planning Office of Colombia. He has published extensively on macroeconomic theory and policy, international financial issues, economic and social development, international trade, and Colombian and Latin American economic history.

Christopher Sabatini Brazil Expert Columbia University

Christopher Sabatini

Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs

Languages: Spanish

Contact: cs2773@columbia.edu

Twitter: @chrissabatini


Sabatini is an authority on the political economy of Brazil and Brazil's foreign policy. Since 2015, he is founder and editor of the news and opinion website Latin America Goes Global. From 2005 to 2014 he was the senior director of policy at the Americas Society and Council of the Americas (AS/COA) and the founder and editor-in-chief of the hemispheric policy journal Americas Quarterly (AQ).

Karl Sauvant Brazil Expert Columbia University

Karl Sauvant

Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment

Languages: German

Contact: ksauva@law.columbia.edu


Sauvant is an authority on foreign direct investment in Brazil and globally. He served as the Director of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development's (UNCTAD’s) Investment Division, the focal point in the UN system for matters related to foreign direct investment, as well as a major interface with the private sector. He is Resident Senior Fellow at the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment and an Adjunct Senior Research Scholar and Lecturer in Law at Columbia Law School.

Jose Scheinkman Columbia University Brazil Expert

José A. Scheinkman

Department of Economics

Languages: Portuguese, French

Contact: js3317@columbia.edu


Scheinkman has been a consultant to several financial institutions in Brazil and the U.S., and serves on the board of Cosan Limited, a NYSE listed company engaged in infrastructure and in the production and distribution of sugar, ethanol and energy in Brazil. He is an economic theorist and financial economist who is the Charles and Lynn Zhang Professor of Economics at Columbia University. Scheinkman is a Member of the National Academy of Sciences, Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Fellow of the Econometric Society, Corresponding Member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences. In 2007 he was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship. His current research focuses on bubbles in financial markets and the determinants of the size of the financial industry.

Rodrigo Soares Brazil Expert Columbia University

Rodrigo Soares

Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs

Languages: Portuguese

Contact: rr3115@columbia.com


Soares’ research centers on development economics, ranging from labor, human capital and population, to crime. He won the Brazilian national award for economic research (Premio Haralambos Simeonidis) three times (2003, 2006 and 2009). He has worked extensively as a consultant for the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and state governments in Brazil on issues related to crime and violence, health, and development. He is Lemann Professor of Brazilian Public Policy and International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. Before joining Columbia, Soares taught at the Sao Paulo School of Economics-FGV, PUC-Rio, the University of Maryland, and the Harvard School of Public Health (Department of Global Health and Population).

Thomas Trebat Brazil Expert Columbia University

Thomas J. Trebat

Columbia Global Centers, Rio de Janeiro

Languages: Portuguese

Contact: tt2166@columbia.edu


Trebat is an economist and political analyst who serves as Director of the Columbia Global Centers, Rio de Janeiro. Since 2012, he has been based in Rio de Janeiro for Columbia and travels extensively in Brazil to build connections with partner institutions in government and academia. For twenty-five years, he worked as a Latin America sovereign analyst on Wall Street for major financial institutions. He is an Adjunct Professor of International Affairs at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs where he teaches a seminar on the Brazilian economy. His research focuses on the role of the state in the Brazilian economy.

Marcos Troyjo Brazil Expert Columbia University

Marcos Troyjo

Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs

Languages: Portuguese, Spanish

Contact: mt2792@columbia.edu

Twitter: @marcostroyjo


Troyjo specializes in Brazil's politics and economy, Brazil-U.S. relations, emerging markets, global economic growth and governance, investment, trade, technology, and entrepreneurship. He is an op-ed columnist for Folha de S. Paulo.

Eric Verhoogen Brazil Expert Columbia University

Eric Verhoogen

Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs / Department of Economics

Contact: eric.verhoogen@columbia.edu

Twitter: @ericverhoogen


Verhoogen is working on an ongoing research project on the effects of minimum wages in Brazil. Beyond the standard outcomes of wages and employment, he is looking at the effects of minimum wages on other aspects of firms' behavior, including skill composition, product choice, innovation, and exporting behavior. His research focuses on issues of industrial upgrading in developing countries. He is Vice Dean of Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs and Co-Director of Columbia's Center for Development Economics and Policy.

Walter E. Baethgen Columbia Brazil Expert

Walter E. Baethgen

Columbia’s Earth Institute

Languages: Portuguese, Spanish

Contact: baethgen@iri.columbia.edu

Twitter: @baethgen


Baethgen is Senior Research Scientist, Director of the Regional and Sectoral research program and the Leader for Latin America/Caribbean research in the International Research Institute for Climate and Society, The Earth Institute, Columbia University https://iri.columbia.edu/. For more than 25 years he has been establishing regional and national programs that aim to improve climate risk assessment and risk management in agriculture, water resources, and natural ecosystems. He acted as Lead Scholar for the Fulbright Foundation and as a consultant for IADB, The World Bank, United Nations, and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture. He also acted as a consultant to governments and the private sector in countries throughout Latin America. He was an author in IPCC’s Second, Third and Fourth Assessments Reports.

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Kartik Chandran

Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering

Languages: Tamil, Hindi, German

Contact: kc2288@columbia.edu

Twitter:@kartickchandran1


He is an authority on environmental microbiology and biotechnology, re-engineering the global nitrogen cycle, sustainable sanitation, public health microbiology, water and wastewater treatment, bioenergetics (including biofuels), and biorefining.

Katia Fernandes Brazil Expert Columbia University

Kátia Fernandes

Columbia’s Earth Institute

Language: Portuguese, Spanish

Contact: katia@iri.columbia.edu


Fernandes is a climate scientist with expertise on Amazon climate. At Columbia's International Research Institute for Climate and Society, she developed a seasonal forecast model to predict the western Amazon fire season, a tool that can be used for prevention and preparedness ahead of extreme drought events. Her research interests involve the dynamics of fires and climate as well as long-term climate variability and change in the humid tropics.

Antoine Halff Brazil Expert Columbia University

Antoine Halff

Columbia's Center on Global Energy Policy

Languages: French

Contact: amh140@sipa.columbia.edu


Over his 20-year career in energy, Halff has focused on Brazil’s oil landscape and its place in the global markets alongside other key energy “hot-spots” including the Middle East, China, Russia and the US. He is the former Chief Oil Analyst at the International Energy Agency (IEA). Currently, he is Senior Fellow and Director of the Global Oil Markets Research Program at Columbia University's Center on Global Energy Policy.

Upmanu Lall Brazil Expert Columbia University

Upmanu Lall

Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering / Columbia’s Earth Institute

Languages: Hindi, Punjabi

Contact: ula2@columbia.edu


Lall is a top authority on water, climate, risk management, floods and related issues in Brazil and globally. In Brazil, he has worked on water infrastructure, flooding, allocation of water resources, and municipal water plans. He is the Director of the Columbia Water Center and the Alan and Carol Silberstein Professor of Engineering at Columbia University.

Christopher Small Brazil Expert Columbia University

Christopher Small

Columbia’s Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory

Contact: csmall@columbia.edu


Small is a geophysicist with diverse interests in Earth surface processes - both natural and human- induced. He is currently involved in research projects on urban growth and forest loss in São Paulo state in Brazil. He is an expert on image analysis and remote sensing. His research focuses on spatial network dynamics, urban growth and landscape evolution with field programs in Brazil, Bangladesh, Oman and New York.

Maria Uriarte Brazil Expert Columbia University

María Uriarte

Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology

Languages: Portuguese, Spanish

Contact: mu2126@columbia.edu


Uriarte studies the processes that drive changes in forest cover in tropical landscapes and the implications of these dynamics for human wellbeing. In Brazil, her projects focus on identifying priority areas for conservation and restoration with the goal of protecting the water supply in the face of changing climate and increasing demand for agricultural land.

Albert Fishlow Brazil Expert Columbia University

Albert Fishlow

Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs

Language: Portuguese

Contact: af594@columbia.edu


Fishlow has 50 years of experience in Brazil and is Professor Emeritus at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs. He has visited Brazil often and most recently was in Brasilia at the beginning of June where he gave public lectures. He is the author of Starting Over: Brazil Since 1985 (2011), about the nation's economy, politics, social policy, and foreign policy. He is also co-author of a forthcoming book on recent Brazilian agricultural expansion and its lessons for productivity advance in other sectors. His published research has addressed issues in economic history, Brazilian and Latin American development strategy, as well as economic relations between industrialized and developing countries. He writes a monthly column for the Estado de São Paulo.

Paul Lagunes Brazil Expert Columbia University

Paul Lagunes

Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs

Languages: Spanish

Contact: pfl2106@columbia.edu

Twitter: @paullagunes


Lagunes is an anti-corruption expert with a focus on the Americas. He has researched Brazil's Mensalão scandal.

Christopher Sabatini Brazil Expert Columbia University

Christopher Sabatini

Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs

Languages: Spanish

Contact: cs2773@columbia.edu

Twitter: @chrissabatini


Sabatini is an authority on the political economy of Brazil and Brazil's foreign policy. Since 2015, he is founder and editor of the news and opinion website Latin America Goes Global. From 2005 to 2014 he was the senior director of policy at the Americas Society and Council of the Americas (AS/COA) and the founder and editor-in-chief of the hemispheric policy journal Americas Quarterly (AQ).

Rodrigo Soares Brazil Expert Columbia University

Rodrigo Soares

Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs

Languages: Portuguese

Contact: rr3115@columbia.com


Soares’ research centers on development economics, ranging from labor, human capital and population, to crime. He won the Brazilian national award for economic research (Premio Haralambos Simeonidis) three times (2003, 2006 and 2009). He has worked extensively as a consultant for the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and state governments in Brazil on issues related to crime and violence, health, and development. He is Lemann Professor of Brazilian Public Policy and International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. Before joining Columbia, Soares taught at the Sao Paulo School of Economics-FGV, PUC-Rio, the University of Maryland, and the Harvard School of Public Health (Department of Global Health and Population).

Thomas Trebat Brazil Expert Columbia University

Thomas J. Trebat

Columbia Global Centers, Rio de Janeiro

Languages: Portuguese

Contact: tt2166@columbia.edu


Trebat is an economist and political analyst who serves as Director of the Columbia Global Centers, Rio de Janeiro. Since 2012, he has been based in Rio de Janeiro for Columbia and travels extensively in Brazil to build connections with partner institutions in government and academia. For twenty-five years, he worked as a Latin America sovereign analyst on Wall Street for major financial institutions. He is an Adjunct Professor of International Affairs at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs where he teaches a seminar on the Brazilian economy. His research focuses on the role of the state in the Brazilian economy.

Marcos Troyjo Brazil Expert Columbia University

Marcos Troyjo

Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs

Languages: Portuguese, Spanish

Contact: mt2792@columbia.edu

Twitter: @marcostroyjo


Troyjo specializes in Brazil's politics and economy, Brazil-U.S. relations, emerging markets, global economic growth and governance, investment, trade, technology, and entrepreneurship. He is an op-ed columnist for Folha de S. Paulo.

Merrit B. Fox Brazil Expert Columbia University

Merritt B. Fox

Columbia Law School

Contact: mfox1@law.columbia.edu


Fox has expertise on Brazilian securities law and international lending to Brazil. At Columbia Law School, he is Co-Director of the Center for Law and Economic Studies and Co-Director of The Program in the Law and Economics of Capital Markets. His areas of research include corporate and securities law, international securities regulation, and comparative corporate law.

Nara Milanich Brazil Expert Columbia University

Nara Milanich

Department of History

Languages: Portuguese, Spanish, Italian

Contact: nmilanic@barnard.edu

Twitter: @naramilanich


Milanich has conducted archival research in Brazil studying the science and law of paternity in Brazil. She is writing a book titled The Birth of Uncertainty: A Global History of the Paternity Test. Her expertise includes Latin American history, comparative history of family and kinship, childhood, gender, reproduction, law, and social inequality.

Curtis Milhaupt Brazil Expert Columbia University

Curtis J. Milhaupt

Columbia Law School

Contact: milhaupt@law.columbia.edu


Together with Brazilian legal scholar Mariana Pargendler, Milhaupt is conducting a study of global best practices in the governance of "mixed ownership" enterprises (corporations whose shares are partially owned by governments and partially by private investors on stock exchanges). The study has been commissioned by Bovespa, the Brazilian Stock Exchange. He is a top authority on comparative corporate governance; law and economic development; and state capitalism.

Karl Sauvant Brazil Expert Columbia University

Karl Sauvant

Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment

Languages: German

Contact: ksauva@law.columbia.edu


Sauvant is an authority on foreign direct investment in Brazil and globally. He served as the Director of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development's (UNCTAD’s) Investment Division, the focal point in the UN system for matters related to foreign direct investment, as well as a major interface with the private sector. He is Resident Senior Fellow at the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment and an Adjunct Senior Research Scholar and Lecturer in Law at Columbia Law School.

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Frank Guridy

Department of History

Languages: Spanish

Contact: fg2368@columbia.edu

Twitter: @fguridy


Guridy’s expertise includes the way cities have planned for and hosted Olympics and the implications for communities in host cities. One of his current writing projects is a book titled Assembly in the Fragmented City: A History of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. He studies sport history, urban history, and the history of the African Diaspora in the Americas.

Thomas Trebat Brazil Expert Columbia University

Thomas J. Trebat

Columbia Global Centers, Rio de Janeiro

Languages: Portuguese

Contact: tt2166@columbia.edu


Trebat is an economist and political analyst who serves as Director of the Columbia Global Centers, Rio de Janeiro. Since 2012, he has been based in Rio de Janeiro for Columbia and travels extensively in Brazil to build connections with partner institutions in government and academia. For twenty-five years, he worked as a Latin America sovereign analyst on Wall Street for major financial institutions. He is an Adjunct Professor of International Affairs at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs where he teaches a seminar on the Brazilian economy. His research focuses on the role of the state in the Brazilian economy.

Dr. Wendy Chavkin Brazil Expert

Dr. Wendy Chavkin

Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health

Languages: Spanish

Contact: wc9@columbia.edu


Dr. Chavkin is professor of Population and Family Health and Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is co-founder of Global Doctors for Choice, the network of physicians advocating for comprehensive reproductive healthcare. Frequently quoted in the media on Zika and pregnancy, she advocates for an approach to the fight against Zika which focuses on improving sanitation, controlling mosquitoes, and guaranteeing the right to full and adequate reproductive healthcare for all women. She has written extensively about women's reproductive health issues. Dr. Chavkin served as the chair to the Board of Directors of Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health, and is the former editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American Medical Women's Association and director of the Bureau of Maternity Services and Family Planning in New York City's Department of Health.

Cristiane Duarte Brazil Expert

Dr. Cristiane S. Duarte

Columbia Psychiatry

Languages: Portuguese, Spanish

Contact: cd2003@cumc.columbia.edu


Dr. Duarte's research is based on innovative population-based studies about the development of mental disorders in children, adolescents and young adults. At Columbia since 2001, she has kept and expanded several collaborations with Brazilian colleagues, all geared towards improving understanding and treatment for children with mental health problems. Currently, Dr. Duarte is a leader of the Boricua Youth Study, the only multi-national source of information about how mental disorders develop from childhood to young adulthood in a Latino subgroup (Puerto Ricans). Children, now young adults, in this unique sample, half of which lives in the South Bronx, NYC, have been exposed to a number of traumatic events over the course of their lives. She is involved in a study following up children and adolescents living in a violent area in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with the objective of understanding how youth obtain services in a low-resource area, similar to many others in the country and elsewhere. Both the Brazilian and Puerto Rican samples are among the very few rigorous longitudinal studies able to inform us about the development of mental health problems in children of Latino ethnicity in the USA or abroad. Dr. Duarte is the Lambert Associate Professor of Child Psychiatry in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Columbia University - New York State Psychiatric Institute. She obtained her doctorate at the Federal University of Sao Paulo in Brazil.

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Pam Factor-Litvak

Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health

Contact: prf1@columbia.edu


Factor-Litvak is co-leading (with Dr. Gilberto Kac of the Federal University in Rio de Janeiro) a research project in Brazil, titled “Biological Markers and Mental Health as Determinants of Pregnancy, Maternal and Childhood Outcomes: A Large Cohort Study from Pregnancy to Two Years of Postpartum.” The project is looking at nutritional biomarkers and a variety of maternal and infant outcomes. Broadly, her research utilizes birth cohorts, or groups of individuals born at particular times and in particular places. Her current research interests concern the biological relationships between environmental exposures and development. Specifically, she focuses on utero and early childhood exposures to heavy metals, endocrine disrupting compounds (e.g. PCBs, pesticides), and developmental and reproductive outcomes in late childhood, adolescence and adulthood.

Dr. Ian Lipkin Brazil Expert Columbia University

Dr. Ian Lipkin

Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health

Contact: wil2001@columbia.edu


Dr. Lipkin, John Snow Professor of Epidemiology and director of the Center for Infection and Immunity (CII) at Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health, has been named the “world’s most celebrated virus hunter,” and CII is one of the world’s largest and most advanced academic centers focused on microbial surveillance, diagnosis, and discovery. Dr. Lipkin and his team pioneered genetic methods to rapidly identify infectious agents and have molecularly characterized more than 700 novel viruses. They are currently working to address the Zika outbreak on two fronts. First, they are developing tests to quickly determine whether someone is infected by Zika or other mosquito-borne viruses like Dengue, Chikungunya, or West Nile. Secondly, they are working to understand the connections between infection and outcomes like microcephaly. Dr. Lipkin identified the West Nile virus as the cause of an encephalitis outbreak in New York City in 1999.

Gina Lovasi Brazil Expert Columbia University

Gina Lovasi

Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health

Contact: glovasi@columbia.edu

Twitter: @ginalovasi


Lovasi is working with colleagues in Rio de Janeiro and at Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health on characterizing the health needs of the Rio das Pedras favela. This includes a systematic mapping of 643 streets, collection of more than 4,000 photos relevant to the production of population health, documenting health indicators through partnerships with local leaders, and mapping health data to identify gaps that could benefit from intervention. Being able to measure and map public spaces that support mosquito breeding would be a crucial element in making the case for increased sanitation services or re-surfacing of roads in light of the emerging Zika Virus crisis. Lovasi and Prof. Jeanine Genkinger have a planning grant for work on food systems in Brazil, through Columbia’s President’s Global Innovation Fund. The project aims to foster partnerships between Columbia's Mailman School and local academic and policy leaders in Rio de Janeiro for assessing opportunities to build on data resources relevant to ambient pollution, mortality, and food development and distribution systems, for example, with attention to potential synergies to working simultaneously with the sanitation and transportation sectors.

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Dr. Silvia Martins

Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health

Languages: Portuguese, Spanish

Contact: ssm2183@columbia.edu


Dr. Martins’ research focuses on alcohol, tobacco and other drug use in São Paulo. She recently published research on the latent profile of alcohol use disorder symptoms among alcohol users in São Paulo and the connection between substance use and socioeconomic inequalities. With collaborators at the Federal University of Sao Paulo (UNIFESP), she has published on the patterns of substance use among middle and high school children in Brazil and is currently developing a program to explore the role of exposure to trauma and violence in the development of psychopathology (including substance use) in pre-school children and adolescents in São Paulo.

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Dr. Ezra Susser

Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health

Contact: ess8@cumc.columbia.edu


Dr. Susser’s research in Brazil, primarily in Rio de Janieiro, started more than a decade ago with a pilot study of mental health problems of homeless people in Rio. He and colleagues then obtained a “hub” grant, now named RedeAmericas, to develop a mental health research network for six cities in Latin America. Broadly, his research examines the role of early life experience in health and disease throughout the life course. He is co-founder of the Global Mental Health Program at Columbia and director of the Psychiatric Epidemiology Training program.

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Milton L. Wainberg

Columbia Psychiatry

Languages: Portuguese, Spanish

Contact: mlw35@cumc.columbia.edu


Since 2002, Dr. Wainberg has been leading HIV prevention studies developing and implementing sexual risk reduction interventions for adults and adolescents in the mental health/substance use system of care in the cities of Rio de Janeiro and Itaborai, RJ, Brazil. He collaborates with faculty at several Brazilian Universities, including Universidades Federais do São Paulo (UNIFESP), Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and Minas Gerais (UFMG), Unirio and Fiocruz. Broadly, his research aims at implementing and disseminating scalable and sustainable efficacious interventions to decrease the research to practice gap. He investigates global mental health implementation science and the intersection of HIV prevention and care with mental health and substance use among diverse vulnerable populations in the U.S. and globally.

Walter E. Baethgen Columbia Brazil Expert

Walter E. Baethgen

Columbia’s Earth Institute

Languages: Portuguese, Spanish

Contact: baethgen@iri.columbia.edu

Twitter: @baethgen


Baethgen is Senior Research Scientist, Director of the Regional and Sectoral research program and the Leader for Latin America/Caribbean research in the International Research Institute for Climate and Society, The Earth Institute, Columbia University https://iri.columbia.edu/. For more than 25 years he has been establishing regional and national programs that aim to improve climate risk assessment and risk management in agriculture, water resources, and natural ecosystems. He acted as Lead Scholar for the Fulbright Foundation and as a consultant for IADB, The World Bank, United Nations, and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture. He also acted as a consultant to governments and the private sector in countries throughout Latin America. He was an author in IPCC’s Second, Third and Fourth Assessments Reports.

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Kartik Chandran

Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering

Languages: Tamil, Hindi, German

Contact: kc2288@columbia.edu

Twitter:@kartickchandran1


Chandran has been collaborating with research groups in Brazil focused on facilitating energy efficient wastewater treatment there. Through this approach, sewage treatment plants can discharge better water quality to receiving water bodies such as Guanabara Bay, where sailing events for the 2016 Olympic Games will be held. Additionally, such improvements to water quality can be achieved while emitting lower amounts of greenhouse gases. Recently Chandran led a team of Columbia students, who developed bioprocess technologies to enhance the capacity of the Alegria sewage treatment plant, which discharges to Guanabara Bay. The technology was prototyped at Columbia and the prototype was demonstrated in Rio de Janeiro. Chandran has been instrumental in the similar upgrade of the wastewater treatment infrastructure of New York City for enhancing the degree of treatment and ultimately protecting very sensitive water bodies surrounding New York City. Chandran is an authority on environmentally sustainable wastewater treatment and sanitation. He was named a 2015 MacArthur Fellow for his work in “transforming wastewater from a pollutant requiring disposal to a resource for useful products, such as commodity chemicals, energy sources, and fertilizers.” His current work includes water utility partners around the globe focused on improving water quality, while simultaneously using far lower amounts of energy and chemicals and actually recovering chemicals and energy.

Upmanu Lall Brazil Expert Columbia University

Upmanu Lall

Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering / Columbia’s Earth Institute

Languages: Hindi, Punjabi

Contact: ula2@columbia.edu


Lall is a top authority on water, climate, risk management, floods and related issues in Brazil and globally. In Brazil, he has worked on water infrastructure, flooding, allocation of water resources, and municipal water plans. He is the Director of the Columbia Water Center and the Alan and Carol Silberstein Professor of Engineering at Columbia University.

Dr. Wendy Chavkin Brazil Expert

Dr. Wendy Chavkin

Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health

Languages: Spanish

Contact: wc9@columbia.edu


Dr. Chavkin is professor of Population and Family Health and Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is co-founder of Global Doctors for Choice, the network of physicians advocating for comprehensive reproductive healthcare. Frequently quoted in the media on Zika and pregnancy, she advocates for an approach to the fight against Zika which focuses on improving sanitation, controlling mosquitoes, and guaranteeing the right to full and adequate reproductive healthcare for all women. She has written extensively about women's reproductive health issues. Dr. Chavkin served as the chair to the Board of Directors of Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health, and is the former editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American Medical Women's Association and director of the Bureau of Maternity Services and Family Planning in New York City's Department of Health.

Dr. Ian Lipkin Brazil Expert Columbia University

Dr. Ian Lipkin

Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health

Contact: wil2001@columbia.edu


Dr. Lipkin, John Snow Professor of Epidemiology and director of the Center for Infection and Immunity (CII) at Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health, has been named the “world’s most celebrated virus hunter,” and CII is one of the world’s largest and most advanced academic centers focused on microbial surveillance, diagnosis, and discovery. Dr. Lipkin and his team pioneered genetic methods to rapidly identify infectious agents and have molecularly characterized more than 700 novel viruses. They are currently working to address the Zika outbreak on two fronts. First, they are developing tests to quickly determine whether someone is infected by Zika or other mosquito-borne viruses like Dengue, Chikungunya, or West Nile. Secondly, they are working to understand the connections between infection and outcomes like microcephaly. Dr. Lipkin identified the West Nile virus as the cause of an encephalitis outbreak in New York City in 1999.

Steve Morse Brazil Expert Columbia University

Stephen Morse

Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health

Contact: ssm20@columbia.edu


Morse has been widely quoted on the threat of Zika in leading print, broadcast and digital media outlets. While he was program manager for Biodefense at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Department of Defense, he co-directed the Pathogen Countermeasures program and subsequently directed the Advanced Diagnostics program. His book, Emerging Viruses was selected by "American Scientist" for its list of "100 Top Science Books of the 20th Century". He originated the term and concept of emerging viruses/infections; and was the founding chair of ProMED (the nonprofit international Program to Monitor Emerging Diseases) and an originator of ProMED-mail, an international network inaugurated by ProMED in 1994 for outbreak reporting and disease monitoring using the Internet.

Vincent Racaniello Brazil Expert Columbia University

Vincent Racaniello

Columbia University Medical Center

Contact: vrr1@cumc.columbia.edu

Twitter: @profvrr


Racaniello studies the Zika virus and is working to understand whether different strains of the virus, including recent Brazilian strains, are associated with varying disease outcomes.

Kiran Thakur Brazil Expert Columbia University

Dr. Kiran Thakur

Columbia University Medical Center

Contact: ktt2115@cumc.columbia.edu


Dr. Thakur, an authority on neuroinfectious diseases and neuroimmunology, is conducting research on the spectrum of neurological manifestations of Zika virus infection, including Guillain Barre Syndrome. She also works as a World Health Organization consultant on guideline development on the assessment and management of neurological complications of Zika virus infection, and is involved in community education efforts.