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Britta Crandall


Ph.D., M.A. Johns Hopkins University 

B.A. Miami University


I am the author of Hemispheric Giants: The Misunderstood History of U.S.-Brazilian Relations (Rowman and Littlefield, 2011). Prior to my doctoral studies, I was associate director for Latin American sovereign risk analysis at Bank One in Chicago and worked as a Latin American program examiner for the Office of Management and Budget, the budget arm of the White House. In addition to teaching at Davidson College, I currently serve as a South America analyst for Freedom House, an independent watchdog organization dedicated to the expansion of freedom around the world.

My teaching and research interests converge on contemporary Brazil and the Southern Cone. In my courses, I emphasize the strong connection between politics and economics, and include both international monetary and trade economic theory as well as the study of politics in my instruction.


LAS 222 Political Economy of the Southern Cone
LAS 220 Politics and Economics of Brazil
POL 293 Politics of the Americas