Alfred P. Montero received his PhD in 1997 from Columbia University. He is the associate editor of Latin American Politics and Society, a leading journal in its field. Prof. Montero’s current research programs focus upon the evolution of the developmentalist state in Brazil and the quality of subnational democracy. Prof. Montero teaches courses on comparative and international political economy, Latin American and West European politics, comparative democratization, authoritarianism, and corruption. His research has been published in Comparative Politics, Journal of Development Studies, 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). His most recent book, Brazil: A Reversal of Fortune (Polity Press, 2014), is on the recent emergence of Brazil as one of the more significant large, developing economies in the world. Prof. Montero's web page
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.
Nathan D. Grawe (B.A., St. Olaf College; Ph.D., University of Chicago) is Professor and Chair of Economics at Carleton College. His course offerings have included Health Care Economics, Industrial Organization and Pricing Policy, and the Economics of Inequality. A labor economist, Professor Grawe's research studies issues surrounding access to higher education in the United States. In many of his publications he studies how relationships between economic achievement and family background provide evidence for or against the hypothesis that financial constraints limit educational choice. His current research forecasts implications of ongoing demographic change on demand for various sub-sectors of higher education. His work has appeared in the Journal of Economic Perspectives, the Journal of Human Resources, the Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Labour Economics, and others. In addition to his work as an economist, Professor Grawe has published and spoken widely on quantitative reasoning. He serves as editor of Numeracy, the flagship journal of the National Numeracy Network.
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.