PhD in Comparative Politics and International Relations, University of Texas, Austin, USA (2010); Master’s in Latin American Studies, University of Texas, Austin, USA, (2003); Bachelor’s in Humanistic Studies from McGill University, Montreal, Canada (1998).
A Canadian citizen and Brazilian permanent resident, Michener’s research and writing focus on the politics, policy, measurement, and conceptualization of transparency, freedom of information (particularly in Latin America), and open data, as well as the operation of anti-corruption and accountability policies in Brazil. Michener helped lead the Brazilian campaign for a freedom of information law, drawing international attention to the issue through his blog. At the FGV, he founded and leads the Program for Public Transparency (PTP-FGV) and the Transparency Evaluation Network, both initiatives dedicated to evaluating the implementation and compliance of governmental transparency and supported by grants from the Open Society Foundation, Latin America. His works have been published by Governance, World Development, the Journal of Latin American Studies, The Journal of Democracy, and Public Administration, among others. Michener teaches courses on Transparency and Good Government (MPA, IMBA), Qualitative Methods (MA, PhD), Democratic Political Institutions (BBA), and Public Policy (MPA).
Fields of Interest
- Compared Policy
- Public Administration
- International Relations