Pedro Pontes is a first-year doctoral student in sociology at the University of Notre Dame and a PhD fellow at the Kellogg Institute of International Studies. He is interested in the production of knowledge by modern nation-states, and, more specifically, on the way they are able to produce legibility about citizens. He is also interested in the politics of knowledge production, and how differences in legibility schemes translate into inequalities in policy output.

Before coming to Notre Dame, Pedro worked as a researcher at the Instituto de Pesquisa Econômica Aplicada, a public institution in Brazil dedicated to analysis of policy issues. There he studied various subjects such as how bureaucrats integrate evidence-based protocols into their everyday practices; intergovernmental coordination and Federalism; and the role of state- and municipality-level governments in providing quality public education to children in Brazil. He holds a master’s degree in sociology from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and a bachelor’s degree in social sciences from the same university. He has studied how corruption is understood and defined across different institutional contexts in the multilateral institutional environment.