Contributors
SONIA  E. ALVAREZ
is director of the Center for Latin American Studies, Ca ribbean and
Latina/o Studies and Leonard J. Horwitz Professor of Latin American Politics and So-
ciety at the University of Mas sa chusetts Amherst. She is the author of Engendering De-
mocracy in Brazil: Women’s Movements in Transition Politics and coeditor of The Mak-
ing of Social Movements in Latin Amer i ca: Identity, Strategy, and Democracy; Cultures of
Politics/Politics of Cultures: Re- visioning Latin American Social Movements; and Translo-
calities/Translocalidades: Feminist Politics of Translation in the Latin/a Américas. She has
published extensively, in Spanish and Portuguese, as well as in En glish, with many essays
written collaboratively, on topics including social movements, feminisms, ngos, civil
society, transnational activism, and democ ratization. Her current work focuses on the
dynamics of feminist discursive fields and activist assemblages, and on the (mis)encoun-
ters of feminism and antiracism in Brazil. It forms part of a larger book proj ect entitled
Feminisms in Movement, forthcoming from Duke University Press.
KIRAN ASHER
, grounded in two de cades of field- based research in Latin Amer i ca and
South Asia, has published a monograph, Black and Green: Afro- Colombians, Develop-
ment, and Nature in the Pacific Lowlands (Duke University Press, 2009). She is currently
working on a theoretical and po litical critique of development theories and postdevelop-
ment proposals by drawing on feminist and Marxist approaches in a postcolonial frame.
From 2002 to 2013, she was associate professor of international development and social
change at Clark University, Mas sa chusetts. From 2013 to 2015, she was a se nior scien-
tist in the Forests and Livelihoods Program at the Center for International Forestry Re-
search (cifor), in Bogor, Indonesia. She is now associate professor in the Department
of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Mas sa chusetts Amherst.
LEONARDO AVRITZER
is professor in the Department of Po litical Science at the Universi-
dade Federal de Minas Gerais (ufmg), Brazil, and researcher 1 of CNPq, Brazil. Leon-
ardo Avritzer has published extensively on civil society and participation in Brazil. He is
the author of many books, among them A moralidade da democracia, which received the
award of best book of the year in the Brazilian social sciences. He published in several
journals, including Comparative Politics, Latin Amer i ca Research Review, International
Journal of Regional and Urban Research, Journal of Public Deliberation, and Revista
Dados. He published two books in En glish: Democracy and the Public Space in Latin
Amer i ca and Participatory Institutions in Demo cratic Brazil. He is the current president of
the Brazilian Po litical Science Association.
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