Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
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Associate Professor of Political Science and Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsComparative Politics, Political Economy, Latin American Politics
Research Asst - Graduate, FSI - S-APARC
Research Asst - Graduate, Public Policy
BioChristos Makridis is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Management Science & Engineering at Stanford University.
Director, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Professor of Political Science and Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, the Freeman Spogli Institute and the Woods Institute for the Environment
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsAmerican foreign policy, great power relations, and the relationship between democracy and development
Academic Prog Prof 2, FSI - FSE
BioAlexis Medina has been researching the economics of social issues in China for over ten years. She has extensive experience in international program management, including leading survey teams in rural China, overseeing the design and development of field projects, and coordinating data collection and analysis. Her research interests center on the intersection of health and education in rural China. Alexis speaks fluent Mandarin, and holds a Master’s in East Asian Studies from Yale University.
Social Science Research Assistant, FSI
BioBorn and raised in the Baixada Fluminense in Rio de Janeiro, Vanessa worked for over 13 years at SEBRAE/RJ - Brazil's largest organization supporting small business development and entrepreneurship. At SEBRAE, she was a project manager working mainly with social entrepreneurship projects and micro-businesses in poor communities in Rio. She also worked as a trade and investment officer at the Consulate General of Brazil in Los Angeles.
Most recently, Melo worked with the Program on Poverty and Governance (PovGov) at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, Stanford University, where she served as a project manager and research associate. She manages the projects on police reform and criminal violence in Rio de Janeiro, including an unprecedented study in Latin America evaluating the impact of body-worn cameras on police use of force and behavior in one of Rio’s largest favelas.
Melo holds a Bachelor’s degree in Portuguese Language and Literature from the Universidade Iguaçu, a Post-baccalaureate degree in Strategic Management of Human Resources from Universidade Estácio de Sá, and a Post-baccalaureate degree in Social Responsibility from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ) - both funded by SEBRAE/RJ. Vanessa is a fellow from the Lemann Foundation, a non-profit organization whose goal is to train and connect Brazilian leaders to impact policies and advance social change. She is interested in exploring opportunities for social and economic development in poor communities in Latin America through local governance and social entrepreneurship.