Joao Victor Guedes Neto

João V. Guedes-Neto is a Ph.D. student in Political Science with specializations in Political Behavior and Comparative Politics and a regional focus on Latin America. He is primarily interested in understanding the causes and consequences of political identity and polarization in contexts of low partisanship.

Prior to attending the University of Pittsburgh, he worked as an economist in consulting firms in Germany (e.g., solar energy projects for the World Bank), as an independent political consultant in Brazil, and with project management and fundraising for an international NGO in Europe and Latin America.

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Education & Training

  • MA, Political Science – University of Pittsburgh, 2019
  • MA, Public Economics, Law and Politics – Leuphana Universität Lüneburg (Germany), 2017
  • MA, Public Management and Society – Universidade Federal de Alfenas (Brazil), 2015
  • BA, Economics – Universidade Federal de São João del-Rei (Brazil), 2011

Representative Publications

Guedes-Neto, J.; Santos, M. “¿Renovando la política o más de lo mismo? Comparando novatos y políticos tradicionales en las legislaturas latinoamericanas.” América Latina Hoy, vol. 81, 2019.

Guedes-Neto, J.; Bohigues, A. “Status Quo Characteristics or Private Sector Affinity? Explaining Preferences for Safety Nets in Latin American Legislatures.” Teoria & Sociedade, vol. 26, n. 2, 2018.

Guedes-Neto, J. “Transformação Intra-Partidária? Um estudo sobre as percepções de poder e gestão entre jovens filiados.” Revista de Sociologia e Política, vol. 26, n. 68, pp. 43-60, 2018.


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