Mark Langevin, Research Professor

Mark S. Langevin, Ph.D. is Director of BrazilWorks and Senior Fellow at the Schar School of Policy and Government-George Mason University. He is also Senior Advisor to Horizon Access Consulting and International Advisor to the Associação Brasileira dos Produtores de Algodão (Abrapa).

Dr. Langevin researches and writes extensively on Brazilian energy policymaking and United States-Brazil relations. He is a regular contributor to such publications as: London School of Economics and Politics blog, American Diplomacy, Boletim Meridiano 47, Brazzil, the Inter-American Dialogue’s Latin American Advisor, Journal of Energy Security, the Labor Studies Journal, Review of Renewable Energy Law and Policy, and Universitas:Relações Internacionais. He is also a regular speaker and guest lecturer on topics related to Brazil, United States-Brazil relations, energy, and the environment.  

Ph.D. in Political Science and a M.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of Arizona in Tucson. Graduated with a B.A. in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Public Health from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA.

Livia Lopes, Resident Scholar and Assistant Director, Brazil Initiative

Ms. Livia Lopes holds a Bachelor's degree in Law (summa cum laude) and a Master's degree in Public Finance, Taxation and Development (summa cum laude), both from the Rio de Janeiro State University (UERJ).

She also holds a cerificate in Public Law from the University of Coimbra, in Portugal (academic excellence) and has attended the Ohio State University (USA) and the Georgetown University (USA) as a visiting researcher, being ranked among the top five students in class.

Since 2010, Ms. Lopes has worked as an associate attorney at leading Brazilian law firms and as a professor at prominent Brazilian universities, such as UERJ and FGV. She also served as a researcher at the Brazilian National Petroleum Agency (ANP) and clerked for a Judge of the Regional Federal Court of Appeals in Rio de Janeiro. Until 2017, she coordinated the “Center for Studies on International Taxation”, a forum that she co-founded in 2009.

In 2016, Ms. Lopes moved to Washington, D.C. to conduct research. Currently, she is the assistant director with the Brazil Initiative, a resident scholar at The George Washington University and the faculty advisor to the student organization “GW Brazil Club”. Ms. Lopes has published several articles and is a frequent speaker on interdisciplinary Brazil-related matters. She is also an international advisor to “Andrade Advogados Associados” .



Christopher Harden, Brazil Initiative Student Assistant

Christopher Harden is a sophomore at the Elliott School of International Affairs majoring International Affairs with concentrations in International Development and International Environmental Studies.

He is currently serving as president of the GW Brazil Club and, in his studies, exploring questions of good governance and sustainable development particularly in Brazil and other "emerging markets." The Brazil Initiative has been a priceless forum for Chris to examine Brazilian politics with a range of experts, other similarly interested students and even important actors in the Brazilian scene.