Tatiana Andia is a third year PhD student in Sociology. Her research interests include the global political economy of development; trade, industrial policy and development; and transnational social movements.

Currently, Tatiana is studying the implementation of global pharmaceutical regulatory standards in Brazil and Colombia. In particular, she is interested in explaining why Brazil and Colombia adopted opposite policy decisions in the case of pharmaceutical intellectual property rights (IPRs) and in the case of “bioequivalence” standards for the marketing approval of generic drugs. While Brazil challenged the international intellectual property (IP) regime to favor access to and domestic production of HIV drugs, it adopted a stringent “bioequivalence” regulation that raises market-entry barriers for generic producers. In contrast, Colombia adopted strong IP rules beyond World Trade Organization (WTO) commitments but implemented a selective “bioequivalence” standard that facilitates generics’ commercialization approval. Brazil’s and Colombia’s responses to global norms are contradictory and puzzling given that the two policy issues –i.e. IPRs and commercialization approval standards- concern the same interest groups and imply very similar distributional conflicts.

Diana Graizbord is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology. She holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and an MA in International Affairs from The New School’s Milano School for International Affairs, Management & Policy. Diana's research and teaching interests include the political economy of development and inequality, the state and social policy,
and the sociology of knowledge and expertise. Currently, she is conducting field research in Mexico City for her dissertation which explores the relationship between Mexico’s emergent welfare state, its model anti poverty policies and new the forms of expertise that undergird these. Diana has research and professional work experience in Cuba, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico.

Ricarda Hammer has a BA in Social & Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge and a Graduate Diploma in Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London.  Prior to Brown, she worked for the International Crisis Group in Bogotá and the International Institute for Environment and Development in London. She is currently a PhD student in Sociology at Brown University and interested in development, the informal economy and the economic reforms in Cuba.

Johnnie Lotesta graduated with a B.A. in Global Affairs from George Mason University in 2011. After graduation Johnnie worked as a research fellow for a Washington, D.C. based affordable housing developer and policy organization focusing on state implementation of federal housing programs and the preservation of America’s existing affordable housing stock. Johnnie came to Brown for her Ph.D. in Sociology. Her areas of interest include political sociology, comparative sociology, development, and Latin America. 

Jon Nelson graduated with a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Kansas in 2013. After graduation, Jon worked on farm specializing in asparagus and other vegetables. Jon came to Brown in 2014 to begin a Ph.D. program in Sociology. His area of interest is environmental sociology and he focuses on small farmers in Brazil's Atlantic rainforest and will employ mixed methods to better understand peasant agricultural techniques as well as their environmental effects; he is also interested in researching possible avenues for sustainable development. 

Heather Randell earned a Masters of Environmental Management from Duke University in 2008 and a BS in Biology from Cornell University in 2005.  Her research centers on migration as well as displacement due to dam construction. Her dissertation uses mixed methods (household surveys and semi-structured interviews) to study the process and impacts of dam building on farming communities in the Brazilian Amazon.  Specifically, the project examines the dam-induced forced migration decision-making process, the livelihood impacts of displacement, as well as how smallholder farmers adapt their livelihood strategies to their new land and communities.  

Amy Teller graduated with a BA in Environmental Studies from Carleton College, worked in agricultural policy, and is now a PhD student in Sociology and an MSc student in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Brown. Her dissertation will focus on questions of environment, social inequality, and sustainable development in Bahia, Brazil, relying upon mixed qualitative, historical, and quantitative methods and maintaining sight of global connections. Specifically, she is involved with a collaborative project among Brown, two Brazilian universities, and a Brazilian NGO to understand possibilities for reforestation and social wellbeing in the Atlantic Forest region.