The picture above is from my time in Brazil, when I was with the Landless Workers Movement (Movimento dos Trabalhadores Sem Terra, MST). The photo shows an elementary school that is in part financed by the Brazilian government, yet administered almost entirely by the MST. As I understood, integral to the movement’s resistance is a complex and contradictory manner of mobilizing to construct alternative ways of organizing communities. The research I conducted in Brazil documents the trajectory of the movement’s innovative, radical practices in education, economic production and agrarian reform.
Besides the development of social movements in Brazil and South America, my work focuses on matters concerning agriculture, the environment, and trade in North America. My current projects concern trade policy, the power of agribusiness, and the dynamics of agrarian reform throughout North and South America.