Teaching and Mentoring

In my teaching, I focus on strengthening analytical abilities, primarily by demanding logically sound, creative written responses to weekly readings.

For FGV-EBAPE’s academic-track Master’s and Doctoral program I teach one of two Qualitative Methods courses as well as a course on Transparency and Good Governance. I have included the latests syllabi as links. For Master’s students in the Public Administration Program (MPA), my courses include ‘Introduction to Public Policy’ and ‘Transparency, Accountability and Good Governance”. Finally, on the business side I teach ‘The Politics of Good Governance in Brazil’ to students in the International Master’s of Business Administration Program (IMBA), one on “Transparency and Good Governance” for the Master’s in Management (MIM).

In advising students, I focus on fostering a respect for social scientific ‘thinking-templates’  i.e. how to think about research. I first focus on the sequencing of questions to be asked (the ‘what?’, ‘why is it important?’, ‘what has been written about it?’, ‘where are they wrong or have missed gaps?’, etc.) while iteratively moving back and forth from the operationalization of key concepts and issues of measurement. I am in constant communication with my students (who could expect less of a professional dedicated to transparency?) and have helped many gain entry into high-level academic programs abroad and publish articles internationally. Contact me for more information.

I am engaged in writing several scholarly articles with students. Below is a list of research projects completed by advisees of mine, some of which have gone on to international publication or are currently in the process:

  • “Transparent Healthcare: Evaluating Compliance with Access to Public Information Laws in Brazil’s Federal Government” (Saúde Transparente: uma análise do cumprimento da Lei de Acesso à Informação nas instituições públicas federais de saúde), by Tatiana Cerginer (MPA).
  • “The Perpetual Electoral Campaign: How Brazilian Mayors Secure Reelection through Government Advertising”, by Filipe Kopp (Msc). The study is currently awaiting a rewrite for submission to an international journal.
  • “Who Wants to Know?” A Field experiment to Assess Discrimination in Freedom of Information Regimes, by Rafael Velasco (Msc). This study started as a study by Michener and Rodrigues Furtado, presented at APSA 2015. Velasco, in his MA, conducted a new and improved field experiment, which – once more transformed by a collective effort – was recently published as a referred article in the journal, Governance.
  • “Transparency of City Councils in Brazil’s State Capitals” (Transparência das Câmaras municipais das capitais do Brasil), by Andressa Falconiery (MPA).
  • “The Transparency of Brokerage Commissions in the Car Insurance Industry: A Comparative Study with Lessons from Brazil.” (Transparência da comissão de corretagem na intermediação do seguro automóvel: um estudo comparado e lições para o Brasil), by Luiz Fernando Hideichi Sasaki (MPA).
  • “Transparency of Forest Governance in the Amazon: An Analysis of State-Level Compliance with Brazil’s Access to Information Law” (Transparência da governança florestal na Amazônia: uma análise de cumprimento da Lei de Acesso à Informação nos estados) by Eduardo Bizzo (MPA). Now published as a refereed article in the journal Environmental Policy and Governance.
  • “Transparency in the State of Rio de janeiro: An Analysis and Recommendations.” (Transparência no governo do estado do rio de janeiro: análise e recomendações), by Fabio Siquiera (MPA).
  • “Public Relations Releases and Media Coverage: A Study on Media Independence in the Cities of Piracicaba and Baurú” (Assessorias e cobertura jornalística na administração pública um estudo sobre a independência da mídia nas cidades de piracicaba e bauru), by Bruno Machado (MPA).
  • “My Transparent School: A Comparative Analysis of Open-Data usage in the Basic Education Systems of Brazil and the United Kingdom” (Minha escola transparente: uma análise comparativa do uso de dados governamentais abertos na educação básica no brasil e Inglaterra), by Otavio Ritter (MPA). Now published as a refereed article in the journal Public Administration.
  • “Federal University Compliance with Active Transparency Provisions in Brazil’s Access to Information Law” (Aferição do grau de cumprimento às obrigações de transparência ativa constantes da Lei de Acesso à Informação por Universidades Federais do Brasil), by Alessandra Montero (MPA). Alessandra won the “Best Master’s Thesis by UFRJ Employees” award from the UFRJ University system.
  • “Implications of Brazil’s Access to Information Law in the Regulatory Sector: An Examination of The National Agency for Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels” (Implicações da Lei de Acesso à Informação: os casos da Agência Nacional do Petróleo, Gás Natural e Biocombustíveis e das Agências Reguladoras Federais), by Rodrigo Mendes (MPA).

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