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 am married to the lovely architect and project manager, Carolina Porto Fonseca, and have a baby son, Arthur.
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 dissertation examined the determinants of robust transparency and freedom of information (FOI) laws across Latin America and is now the basis for a book under contract with Cambridge University Press (forthcoming). 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 future research will rely primarily on a project the FGV is undertaking – the Transparency Audit Network – that aims to better understand how to measure and ameliorate compliance with transparency statutes the world over. Leveraging a web-based platform and an international network of experts, the objectives are to compile and analyze extant transparency audits (already well underway), develop new sectoral ‘template’ transparency audits (e.g. municipal health, national security), and build auditing software to help simplify the audit process for citizens, academics, and nongovernmental organizations. This multi-departmental initiative based at the FGV Rio de Janeiro is being funded by the Open Society Foundations.