John Collins (Ph.D., University of Michigan) is Associate Professor and director of Latin America and Latino Studies Program at Queens College, CUNY. His recent publications include Revolt of the Saints: Memory and Redemption in the Twilight of Brazilian Racial Democracy. (2015), “Policing’s Productive Folds: Secretism and Authenticity in Brazilian Cultural Heritage.” Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology, 19(3): 473-501 (2014) and others.
Jorge Alves (Ph.D., Brown University) is assistant professor of political science at Queens College, CUNY. He specializes in comparative politics, specifically on issues of federalism, intergovernmental relations, state capacity construction and the political economy of development, with a regional focus on Latin America and Brazil. He is currently working two research projects: The effect of local configurations of political competition on the construction of subnational healthcare institutions (the subject of his dissertation), and the politics behind public transparency advances.