" Citizens and the State: Democracy, Development, and Public Opinion in Brazil"


This conference will utilize a novel format designed to create dialogue between US-based and Brazilian scholars. The day-long event will be held simultaneously at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame and at the Graduate Program in Political Science at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) in Brazil. Presentations and discussion will be live-transmitted via videoconferencing technology. Five papers will be presented in Brazil, and five in the United States, with a mix of papers from graduate students and faculty members in each location.

Joint Conference

Held simultaneously via videoconferencing at:

Kellogg Institute for International Studies, University of Notre Dame

Graduate Program in Political Science, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS)

In the context of political and economic crisis in Brazil, this conference promotes public opinion research on the challenges the country faces in providing effective governance that serves all its citizens. Papers will focus on democracy and development in Brazil and in comparative context, utilizing public opinion data from the World Values Survey or the AmericasBarometer.

The conference has been organized by Kellogg Visiting Fellows Amy Erica Smith and Henrique Carlos de Oliveira de Castro, who have chosen a novel format in order to facilitate dialogue between scholars based in the United States and in Brazil. The daylong event will be held simultaneously in both countries via videoconferencing, with five papers presented in Brazil, and five in the US. Presenters and discussants will include graduate students and faculty members in each location.

Register here

Note: The conference will be held a day prior to the start of the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA). The train ride from Chicago to South Bend, Indiana is an hour and a half. Participants headed to MPSA can arrive Tuesday afternoon or evening on the train from Chicago, and return to Chicago Wednesday after the conference. Alternatively, participants can fly directly to South Bend, take the train to Chicago Wednesday afternoon, and then fly home from Chicago. Limited funding to defray the cost of train tickets is available to graduate students and junior faculty who are non-presenters (apply at registration). 


Inn at Saint Mary's
53993 Indiana State Route 933
South Bend, Indiana 46637
toll free/800.949.8627

Conference Rate - $139 per night per person plus tax
Room Block Name - "Kellogg Brazil Conference"

Complimentary hotel shuttle service to Notre Dame’s campus is available. It is located on St. Mary’s College campus, less than 2 miles from campus. A breakfast bar is offered each day and is included in the above rate.

Co-sponsored by the Latin American Research Review (LARR)