My primary area of interest is Latin American politics, with a focus on political economy and social policy. My dissertation looks at the politics of anti-hunger policy in Brazil, a program called Zero Hunger, during the administration of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (universally known simply as “Lula”). In it I employ both qualitative and quantitative approaches.
The study begins with an analysis of why Brazil saw a focus on hunger at this particular moment (given that hunger was far from a new problem) and why Zero Hunger implemented some proposed policies but not others. This research is based on interviews with policymakers during my academic year (2010-2011) in Brazil on a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) grant from the U.S. Department of Education and on an analysis of news articles and government documents. I then look at how effective the program has been in reducing poverty and hunger, analyzing micro-data from Brazil’s National Household Sample Survey (PNAD).
“Assessing the Impact of Brazil’s Bolsa Família on Poverty Using Alternative Poverty Measures.” A chapter from my dissertation adapted into a working paper.
“Let Them Eat Cash?: The Impact of Bolsa Família on Food Security in Brazil.” Another chapter from my dissertation adapted into a working paper.
“Mapping the Impact of Cash Transfers on Food Insecurity In Brazil (2004-2009).” Poster presentation at Shared Tables: A Triangle Symposium on Global and Local Food Studies. Chapel Hill, North Carolina. February 28, 2012.
My secondary area of interest is U.S.-Latin American relations.
Bither-Terry, Russell. 2011. “Remember The Maine! Free Cuba!: An Analysis of Sheet Music from 1898 and its Contemporary Echoes.” Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Vol. 36, No. 72: 91-110.