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Francisco Correa Weffort (PhD, University of São Paulo), a distinguished scholar and public figure, returns to the Kellogg Institute for the fall 2017 semester as the Brazilian Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Democracy and Human Development.

Weffort is professor emeritus at the University of São Paulo, where he has been a member of the Department of Political Science since 1964. His intellectual and academic interests include the political history of Brazil, political theory and, in particular, democratic thought and sociological studies of Brazilian and Latin American populism.

At Kellogg, Weffort will pursue the study “Social Democratization and Political Democracy in Brazil (1945–1988),” focusing attention on the permanency of patrimonial traditions in the face of the growth of political democracy. He plans to document the “authoritarian waste” that undermines the country’s representative traditions and puts democracy at risk.

His many publications include most recently Formação do Pensamento politico Brasileiro: Ideias e Personagens (Editora Atica, 2006) and Espada, Cobiça e Fé (Editora Civilização Brasileira, 2012).

Weffort served as Brazil’s Minister of Culture from 1995 to 2002. Additional academic appointments include a Wilson Center fellowship (1991–92) and a visiting professorship at the Instituto de Filosofia e Ciências Sociais, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (2003–06).

A member of the Kellogg Institute Advisory Council from 1998 to 2004, Weffort was a 1990–91 Kellogg visiting fellow and in 2003 held a Hewlett Residential Fellowship at the Institute. During his tenure as Minister, Kellogg partnered with the Ministry of Culture to host twelve distinguished holders of a Visiting Chair in the Study of Brazilian Culture.

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Social Democratization and Political Democracy in Brazil (1945–1988)

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