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Maya Mitre is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil. Her current research focuses on the factors that contributed to shaping human embryonic stem-cell research policy in Brazil, taking the United States as a basis for comparison. A broader purpose of her work is to reflect upon problems such as the challenges that human biotechnology poses to the role of institutions and to the decision-making process in democratic countries.
Maya holds an M.A. degree in political science (concentration in political theory) from Boston College (2003-2005) and a B.A. in communication/journalism from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (1999-2002). She taught an undergraduate course on Brazilian social and political thought (2005-2008) and an extension course for public servants on new paradigms of public administration (2006), both at the School of Government of the State of Minas Gerais in Brazil. She has published articles on Nietzsche’s critique of democracy and on the internet as a space for political participation and mobilization.
As an undergraduate, Maya worked for Ciência Hoje, a monthly scientific magazine supported by the Brazilian Society for the Progress of Science and won an award for young journalists who contributed to the dissemination of science.
Maya’s doctoral research is currently being funded by Capes, an agency of the Brazilian Ministry of Education.
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