Greetings. I am a Canadian citizen and a Brazilian permanent citizen based in Rio de Janeiro, where I work as a professor at the Brazilian School of Public and Business Administration at the Fundação Getúlio Vargas. I also serve as a consultant on issues related to transparency and access to information. I am married to the lovely architect and project manager Carolina Porto Fonseca.
I earned my B.A. at McGill University in Montreal, and completed an M.A. in Latin American Studies and a Ph.D. (2010) in comparative politics and international relations both at the the University of Texas at Austin. My current research focuses on the intersection of transparency, media, technology, and politics, as well as the design and implementation of transparency, open-data, and disclosure policies in government and business.
My dissertation examined the determinants of robust transparency and freedom of information (FOI) laws across Latin America and is now the basis for a book I am writing under contract for Cambridge University Press (forthcoming 2013). I write about Brazilian politics and political culture at Al Jazeera International, and on my blog, Observing Brazil, posts of which frequently appear on the CSM. I also contribute analyses and editorials to publications across Brazil.