Dr. Gail Triner is Professor of History at Rutgers University, with research interests in economic history, political economy, natural resources and Brazil. Dr. Triner’s previous large scholarly projects, Mining and the State (2011), Banking and Economic Development: Brazil, 1889-1930 (Palgrave 2001) and “International Capital and the Brazilian Encilhamento, 1889-1892: An Early Example of Contagion among Emerging Markets” (co-authored with Kirsten Wandschneider, Financial History Review; October 2005) uniquely position her for her Wilson Center project on the history of petroleum in Brazil. The projects have received support from the Ford Foundation (1993/94), the Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College (currently the Radcliffe Research Institute, 1998/99) and the Fulbright Commission (2007 and 2012), as well as smaller research grants. The subjects covered by these projects – minerals and institutions, the economic role of the state, finance, capital markets and foreign capital flows – have few scholars who consider them jointly.
Gail's project on “Non-renewable Natural Resources, Institutions and Globalization in the Modern Brazilian Economy” applies all of these themes to the topic of the history of petroleum in Brazil during the 20th and 21st centuries. The project’s conclusions promise to contribute to a broader understanding of the historical underpinnings that both inhibit and propel Brazil’s current dynamism.