- PhD in Political Science, University of California, San Diego campus (1998);
- Master’s in Political Science, Rio de Janeiro University Research Institute (1991);
- Bachelor’s in Social Sciences, Rio de Janeiro Federal University (UFRJ) (1987).
Research Projects for Government Agencies
- Research Productivity Grant awarded by the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) –1C.
Taught at the Graduate School Of Economics, Getulio Vargas Foundation, Rio de Janeiro (2002–2011); Research Professor, Rio de Janeiro University Research Institute (1998–2001); Visiting Fellow, University of Salamanca, Spain (2013); Visiting Fellow, Social Sciences Institute, University of Lisbon, Portugal (2006 and 2017-2018); Visiting Professor, Institut d' Études Politiques, Lille, France (2001); and Visiting Fellow, Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administracion (IESA), Caracas, Venezuela, (1995–1996). Member of the Editorial Boards of the following journals: Brazilian Political Science Review; Comparative Political Studies (USA); Latin American Politics and Society (USA); and Revista de Ciencia Política.
His work has been published in scientific journals such as: Dados; Opinião Pública; Revista de Economics Política; American Journal of Political Science; British Journal of Political Science; Comparative Political Studies; World Politics; Legislative Studies Quarterly; European Journal of Political Research; Democratization;
Studies in Comparative International Development; Party Politics, Latin American Politics and Society and Latin American Research Review, Armed Forces & Society, Parliamentary Affairs, and Relações Internacionais. He is the author of two books, one a history of Brazil’s foreign policy entitled: De Dutra a Lula: A Condução e os Determinantes da Política Externa Brasileira (Rio de Janeiro: Campus, 2011; published in Spanish by EUDEBA, Buenos Aires, 2014) and the other on Presidentialism and Governability in the Americas entitled Presidencialismo e Governabilidade nas Américas (Rio de Janeiro: FGV Editora, 2006); joint organizer of O Semipresidencialismo nos Países de Língua Portuguesa (Lisbon: ICS, 2009) and Brasil y México: Encuentros y Desencuentros (Mexico City, Foreign Affairs Bureau, 2005). He has been awarded prizes by the Brazilian Political Science Association and the American Political Science Association.
- Compared Political Institutions
- Decision-Making Processes for Government Policies
- Armed Forces in Defense
- Foreign Policy