December 8, 2020: Mexico/Brazil

Sponsored by the Jean Monnet EU Center of Excellence for Comparative Populism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Political Science Institute at the University of Brasília.

This international virtual lecture series titled “Populism and the Pandemic- A Comparative Perspective” investigates the response of populists in different countries to the COVID-19 pandemic. The lectures will be held every second Tuesday of the month* at 11 am US Central Time (CST)/14.00 Brasília, Brazil (GMT-3)/18.00 Brussels, Belgium (CET).

*September 2020 hosted two talks, one on September 8th and the other on September 29th.

Registration is required for each lecture, and registration forms will become available on the event page for each event as the date of the event approaches. A maximum of 250 participants are allowed on the platform.


Cecilia Martinez-Gallardo is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received her B.A. from the Institutio Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM) in Mexico City (1995), and both an MA and a Ph.D. from Columbia University (2005). Before joining UNC, Cecilia taught at CIDE in Mexico. Cecilia’s teaching and research interest are in Latin American political institutions and political behavior. She is a collaborator with the Executive Approval Project, as well as a co-coordinator of the Presidential Cabinets Project.


Frederico Bertholini is Assistant Professor in the Political Science Institute at Universidade de Brasília. He is also a member of the IPGLab/EBAPE/FGV and the LAPCIPP/IPOL/UnB Research Groups, was a Visiting Scholar at the Department of Politics at the New York University, and served for 13 years as a Program Manager in governmental agencies. He holds a Ph.D. in Public Administration (Political Institutions) from FGV/EBAPE and a Masters in Demography from the Brazilian National School of Statistics (ENCE/IBGE). His research focuses on political institutions’ effect on public policy outcomes, coalition management in presidential systems, and populism.