Frances Hagopian is the Jorge Paulo Lemann Visiting Associate Professor for Brazil Studies in the Department of Government at Harvard University and Faculty Chair of the Brazil Studies Program of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS). She specializes in the comparative politics of Latin America, with emphasis on democratization, political representation, political economy, and religion and politics. Hagopian is author of  Reorganizing Representation in Latin America (forthcoming, Cambridge University Press), editor of Religious Pluralism, Democracy, and the Catholic Church in Latin America (University of Notre Dame Press, 2009), co-editor (with Scott Mainwaring) of The Third Wave of Democratization in Latin America: Advances and Setbacks (Cambridge 2005), and author of Traditional Politics and Regime Change in Brazil (Cambridge University Press, 1996) and numerous journal articles and book chapters. Her current work focuses on the establishment of a social welfare regime in Brazil. She has held many fellowships, including most recently at the Wilson  Center, and has previously taught at  the University of Notre Dame, where she was Director of the Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies, as well as , Tufts and Harvard Universities. She has also been a visiting professor at the London School of Economics and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an Associate Member of Nuffield College, Oxford.