Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor
Fields of Study: Latin America, Economic and Business, Urban
Office: Zulauf 615
Education: Ph.D., Stanford University, 1995
Current Research: My current research project is titled "Municipal Finance and Socio-Economic Development in Nineteenth-Century São Paulo, Brazil." I am examining taxation and spending patterns in of a number of municipalities in the state of São Paulo to study how municipal leaders made decisions about providing public goods such as lighting, water and sewer services, public health and education facilities to their citizens. By examining the ways municipal government raised and invested funds, and how these arrangements changed over time, I study the public administration of socioeconomic development in Brazil’s first century as an independent nation. This research is funded by a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship.
Teaching Interests: I enjoy teaching courses on modern Latin America, with an emphasis on the region’s economic, political, and social underdevelopment. I regularly teach Modern Latin America, a survey from independence (1820s) to the present, and History of Brazil, which covers the sweep of Brazilian history from the early encounters between Amerindians, Europeans, and Africans to the modern day. I offer the course Poverty and Progress in Latin America that explores the roots of modern Latin America's persistent gap between rich and poor and enjoy teaching Latin America through Film. My new course, The Latin American City, explores urban life from the first colonial Spanish and Portuguese settlements to the challenges of the modern day mega-city.