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Marcelo K. Silva

Marcelo K. Silva is a professor of sociology at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in Porto Alegre, where he directs the research group on associativism, engagement, and contestation.


The Brazilian president’s offensive against universities threatens democracy and recalls the dark years of the country’s dictatorship.

Gianpaolo Baiocchi Marcelo K. Silva
Baiocchi Silva Jair Bolsonaro

Since taking office in January, President Jair Bolsonaro has not only become less popular. He has also done perhaps irreparable damage to fundamental democratic institutions.

Gianpaolo Baiocchi Marcelo K. Silva
Jair Bolsonaro may be next president of Brazil

Far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro is within an inch of the presidency. His popularity suggests Brazilian politics might never be the same.

Gianpaolo Baiocchi Marcelo K. Silva

Brazil has been in disarray since 2016’s presidential impeachment, but after the murder of the country’s most exciting progressive politician, Brazilians must decide whether to be outraged or resigned.

Gianpaolo Baiocchi Marcelo K. Silva