Mauricio Font

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Mauricio Font is Director of the Bildner Center for  Western Hemisphere Studies and Professor of sociology at The Graduate Center and Queens College, City University of New York. He has taught at the University of Michigan, Rutgers University, the University of Brasilia, IUPERJ, and UNESP. He earned his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Michigan.

Professor Font’s research examines problems of development and reform in Brazil, Cuba and Latin America as well as international cooperation in the Western Hemisphere with particular attention to reform processes in Latin America. Professor Font is currently completingThe State and the Private Sector in Latin America(Palgrave, forthcoming)His book Handbook of Contemporary Cuba: Economy, Politics, Civil Society, and Globalization (Paradigm Press, 2012) is forthcoming.

Font’s publications on Brazil include Coffee and Transformation in São Paulo, Brazil (Lexington Books, 2010), Transforming Brazil: A Reform Era in Perspective (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003),Coffee, Contention, and Change (Basil Blackwell, 1990), and Brazilian Statism: Rise and Limits(forthcoming). He is also co-editor of The Brazilian State: Debate and Agenda (Lexington Books 2011), Reforming Brazil (Lexington Books/Bildner Western Hemisphere Series, 2004), and Café e Política: Ação da Elite Cafeeira na Política Paulista 1920-1930 (1988, Rev. 2010). Professor Font also edited and introduced Charting a New Course: The Politics of Globalization and Social Transformation (Rowman & Littlefield, 2001), a volume with twenty-six essays by Fernando Henrique Cardoso.

His work on Cuba includes co-editing Cuban Counterpoints: The Legacy of Fernando Ortiz(Lexington Books, 2005), La República Cubana y José Martí (1902-2002) (Lexington Books, 2005),Toward a New Cuba? (Lynne Rienner, 1997) and Integración económica y democratización: América Latina y Cuba (Instituto de Estudios Internacionales, Universidad de Chile, 1998). He is editor of the online volumes Changing Cuba in a Changing World (2008), Cuba: In transition? Pathways to Renewal, Long-term Development and Global Reintegration (2006), Cuba Today: Continuity and Change since the ‘Periodo Especial’ (2004).

Professor Font has also published a variety of essays on Latin America, the North American Free Trade Agreement and US-Latin America relations, Cuba, Brazil and the comparative-historical study of development trajectories in settler societies. As an expert on Brazil and Cuba, professor Font is regularly interviewed by TV, radio and print news media in the U.S. and Latin America.

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