Alfred P. Montero is Professor and Chair of Political Science at Carleton College. He is also the associate editor of Latin American Politics and Society, a leading journal in its field. Professor Montero’s current research programs include the study of the quality of subnational democracy in Brazil, the determinants of foreign investment flows in Latin America, and the political economy of the Spanish regional autonomy system in comparative perspective. His research has been published in Comparative Politics, Latin American Research Review, West European Politics, Journal of Politics in Latin America, Latin American Politics and Society, Studies in Comparative International Development, and Publius: The Journal of Federalism. He is the author of Shifting States in Global Markets: Subnational Industrial Policy in Contemporary Brazil and Spain (Penn State University Press, 2002), Brazilian Politics: Reforming a Democratic State in a Changing World (Polity Press, 2006), and co-editor with David J. Samuels of Decentralization and Democracy in Latin America (University of Notre Dame Press, 2004). Presently, Professor Montero is working on a book that explains the recent emergence of Brazil as one of the more significant large, developing economies in the world.
Mija Van Der Wege (B.A., Cognitive Science, Wellesley College; M.S., Statistics, Ph.D., Psychology, Stanford University) is an associate professor in the psychology department and currently serves as the director of the QuIRK (Quantitative Inquiry, Reasoning, and Knowledge) program at Carleton. She teaches courses on introductory psychology, measurement and data analysis, psychology of language, human memory, and seminars on language and deception, the psychology of numbers, and psychology, technology, and design. She is also engaged in promoting quantitative reasoning education on campus and nationally. Mija's research interests focus around how people use language and memory in day-to-day life. One major area of research looks at how people make use of information about their conversational partners when they are having a conversation, for example, how conversational partners briefly and spontaneously create agreements on what words mean. Another area is how readers learn new information and change their existing beliefs based on what they read in fictional sources.
Prathi Seneviratne (B.A., Mount Holyoke College; Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University) is an Assistant Professor of Economics and teaches courses in international trade, international finance, and microeconomics. Her current research explores the impact of greater international competition on labor markets and human capital investment, with a particular focus on the sources of rising inequality in developing countries that liberalized trade. In her spare time, she enjoys Argentine tango, ballroom dancing, yoga, and watching old British comedies on Netflix.
Greg Marfleet is an Associate Professor of Political Science who teaches courses in international relations, American foreign policy, political psychology, and political methodology (including computational modeling). His research explores how the belief systems of policy makers can shape the process of decision making and subsequent foreign policy actions including: the dynamics of presidential advisory systems, reactions to security crises, and responses by the leaders of allied countries to great power conflict engagements. His work has appeared in the journals Political Psychology, Foreign Policy Analysis and Political Communication. Professor Marfleet is also interested in undergraduate pedagogy and has published in the Journal of Political Science Education. Along with Carleton Professor Barbara Allen, he received the 2006 Rowman and Littlefield Award for excellence in undergraduate teaching, the highest teaching award recognized by the American Political Science Association.