Visiting Scholars



Livia Lopes, Visiting Scholar from The Rio de Janeiro State University (UERJ)

Livia Lopes holds a Bachelor's degree in Law 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 attended the University of Coimbra, in Portugal, as a visiting student, during her undergraduate education. Livia has published several articles and is a frequent speaker on legal matters.

Since 2010, Livia had been working as an associate attorney at Brazilian law firms and as a professor at prominent Brazilian universities. From 2011 to 2013, she served as a researcher at the Brazilian National Petroleum Agency (ANP). From 2013 to 2015, she clerked for a Judge of the Regional Federal Court of Appeals of Rio de Janeiro. 

In 2016, Livia moved to Washington, D.C. to conduct research. Currently, Livia is working at the Brazil Initiative under the position of program assistant and is a visiting scholar at the Elliott School of International Affairs. She is also an international advisor to “Andrade Advogados Associados”, and coordinates the “Center for Studies on International Taxation”, a forum that she co-founded in 2009.



Felipe Pereira Loureiro, Visiting Scholar from The University of Sao Paulo (USP)

Dr. Loureiro is an Associate Professor at the Institute of International Relations of the University of São Paulo (IRI-USP), Brazil. He obtained his B.A. in History at the University of São Paulo (USP) and holds a PhD in Economic History also at USP. 

He was a Visiting Doctoral Fellow at the Institute of Study of the Americas of the School of Advanced Studies of the University of London (SAS-UL) between 2010 and 2011, and a Visiting Scholar at the Watson Institute of International Affairs of Brown University in 2017.

Dr. Loureiro has published extensively on Brazil’s modern economic history and on US-Brazilian relations in the Cold War, particularly during the João Goulart administration (1961-1964). His latest book, Entrepreneurs, Workers, and Interest Groups: The Economic Policy of the Jânio Quadros’ and João Goulart’s Administrations in Brazil (1961-1964), came out in 2017 by Editora UNESP with the support from the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP). His current research project focuses on US-Brazilian trade disputes during the Brazilian military regime (1964-1985).

Dr Loureiro is a member of USP’s Center of International Politics and Economics (NEPEI-USP) and of Brazil’s National Institute of Science and Technology for the Studies on the United States (INCT-INEU).

Vitor Izecksohn, Visiting Scholar from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ)

Dr. Izecksohn is an associate professor in the Graduate Program of Social History at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. His has a PhD in History from the University of New Hampshire and did his post doc at Brown University where he also served as a visiting professor under a Fulbright Fellowship in 2011.

He was a Fellow at the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History (New York Historical Society), the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition (Yale University), and the John Carter Brown Library (Brown University). He is the author of Slavery and War in the Americas: Race, Citizenship, and State Building in the United States and Brazil, 1861-1870 (University of Virginia Press, 2014), as well as two earlier books published in Brazil: A History of the Brazilian Liberal Political Though in the Twentieth Century (1990), and The Chorus of Disagreement: The Paraguayan War and the Professional Nucleus of the Brazilian Corps of Officers (2002).

Dr. Dr. Izecksohn also co-authored Nova História Militar Brasileira (2004). These books, along with his chapters and journal articles, engage in renewed debates about the New Brazilian Military History and the process of internationalization in the American Civil War.  His current research, “Emergency Legislation in Brazil and the United States, 1861-70", analyzes how wartime recruitment refracted political dynamics at local, regional and Imperial levels.