STAFF

Vijay Prashad

Executive Director

Vijay Prashad

Vijay is an Indian historian and journalist. He is the author of forty books, including Washington Bullets, Red Star Over the Third World, The Darker Nations: A People’s History of the Third World, The Poorer Nations: A Possible History of the Global South, and The Withdrawal: Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, and the Fragility of U.S. Power, written with Noam Chomsky. Vijay is the executive director of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research, the chief correspondent for Globetrotter, and the chief editor of LeftWord Books (New Delhi). He also appeared in the films Shadow World (2016) and Two Meetings (2017).

To reach Vijay for an interview, event, research, writing, or other request, please write to inquiries@thetricontinental.org.

Teams

Publications

The publications team manages the production of our texts, from the time an author’s draft is submitted through the editing and translation processes, and coordinates the launch.

Celina della Croce

Director and editor

Celina della Croce

Celina is an organiser and militant who works with the institute’s publications, English-language editing, and translations. Before joining Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research, she worked in the labour movement with the Service Employees International Union and the Fight for 15 as an organiser, union representative, and shop steward and was an editor and photographer for Humans of St. Louis. She has been an active participant in the fight for social, economic, and racial justice in the streets from Missouri to Massachusetts.

Pilar Troya Fernández

Translator and Researcher

Pilar Troya Fernández

Pilar is a militant and researcher. She is an Ecuadorian feminist anthropologist and has a master’s degree in women and gender studies. Her main areas of interest are social public policies, especially concerning gender equality and the feminist movement. Her activism began in college as part of the student movement and she was involved in the Women’s Assembly in Quito. She worked as a researcher with the System of Social Indicators (SIISE) and the Latin America Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO), where she also taught classes on public policies and social indicators. She then served as an advisor to the Ministry of National Planning and as an advisor and Deputy Minister to the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology of Ecuador. She coordinates the feminisms working group of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research.

Daniela Schroder Babarovic

Translator and editor

Daniela Schroder Babarovic

Daniela is a Chilean translator, editor, researcher, and feminist activist. She currently lives in Buenos Aires, where she is pursuing her doctorate in history at the University of Buenos Aires, researching periodical publications by women and the feminist movement in Chile during the dictatorship. She has a master’s degree in Latin American Studies and Hispanic Language and Literature from the University of Chile. She is part of Tricontinental’s Spanish-language translation and editing team.

Dafne Melo

Translator

Dafne Melo

Dafne is a psychoanalyst and translator living in São Paulo, Brazil. She has undergraduate degrees in journalism (Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo) and history (University of São Paulo) and a postgraduate degree in psychoanalysis (Sedes Sapientiae Institute). She worked at Brasil de Fato as a journalist from 2004 and 2011 and lived in Argentina for four years, where she participated in the founding of the popular communication vehicles Marcha and Notas – periodismo popular. She was an activist with Consulta Popular (Brazil), Frente Popular Darío Santillán (Argentina), and Movimento Patria Grande (Argentina). In addition to translating for Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research, she has translated books in the human and social sciences. Currently, she also studies the relations between gender, neoliberalism, the social reproduction of life, and psychological suffering.

Luiz Felipe Albuquerque

Editor

Luiz Felipe Albuquerque

Luiz is a journalist who is responsible for communications in Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research’s Brazil office. He worked in the communications sector of the Landless Workers Movement (MST) for five years, contributing to the movement’s public relations and press outreach. He was also an editor of the MST’s website and the Jornal Sem Terra (‘Landless Journal’).  He worked for the journal Brasil de Fato for four years as an associate editor, also assisting in the coordination and political guidance for the Center of Popular Media (CPMídias).

Ajit Singh

Editor

Ajit Singh

Ajit is a lawyer, researcher, and writer whose work focuses on US foreign policy towards China and ongoing developments in the New Cold War. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Western Ontario and currently contributes to the institute’s English-language editing and publications.

Mikaela Nhondo Erskog

Researcher

Mikaela Nhondo Erskog

Mika is an educator and researcher. She is part of the Pan Africanism Today Secretariat, which coordinates the regional articulation of the International People’s Assembly and is also part of the No Cold War coordination committee, a peace platform promoting multilateralism and maximum global cooperation. She is also part of Dongsheng, an international collective of researchers interested in Chinese politics and society, and hosts The Crane: An Africa-China Podcast.

Efemia Chela

Editor

Efemia Chela

Efemia is an editor and has worked in publishing for a decade. She is an MA candidate at Wits University, where her research sits at the intersection of queer studies and African studies, looking at lesbian, bisexual, and queer communities in Zambia. She manages publishing at Inkani Books.

Art

The Art team illustrates and designs our publications, produces research on movement art and culture, and collaborates with cultural workers internationally.

Tings Chak

Director

Tings Chak

Tings is an artist, writer, and organiser whose work contributes to popular struggles across the Global South. Her current research focuses on the art of national liberation struggles. She received her Master of Architecture from the University of Toronto and is the author and illustrator of Undocumented: The Architecture of Migrant Detention (2017). She leads the art department of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research.

Ingrid Neves

Designer

Ingrid Neves

Ingrid is an artist and graduate of Communication and Multimedia Studies from the Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC-SP). She interned at the PUC-SP and worked at Anhembi Morumbi University (UAM), where she specialised in the production of educational videos and animations. She is currently a designer with Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research and is based in São Paulo, Brazil.

Daniela Ruggeri

Designer

Daniela Ruggeri

Born in Buenos Aires, Daniela is a teacher of visual arts, an illustrator, a designer, and a creator of fanzines. Her visual production focuses oncomics, graphic design, and illustration, collaborating – especially in the latter – with worker cooperatives and empresas recuperadas (companies that have been reclaimed by and are run by workers). She works with self-managed book and fanzine-producing collectives as an editor and author and participates in organising meetings and exhibitions of independent Argentine comic strips. She is part of the art department of Tricontinental: Institute of Social Research and is responsible for art and design for the Buenos Aires Office

Communications

The Communications team amplifies the work of the Institute through creating content for social media that highlights the most relevant aspects of the research developed and through building connections with the media.

Luciana Balbuena

Director

Luciana Balbuena

Luciana is a high school teacher and militant in Argentina. She has participated in various political movements since 2009, organising alongside students and education workers. She has a bachelor’s degree in communication studies, which she also teaches. Through her studies and teaching, she has developed her knowledge of youth and their connection to information and new technology.

Luiz Felipe Albuquerque

Communicator

Luiz Felipe Albuquerque

Luiz is a journalist who is responsible for communications in Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research’s Brazil office. He worked in the communications sector of the Landless Workers Movement (MST) for five years, contributing to the movement’s public relations and press outreach. He was also an editor of the MST’s website and the Jornal Sem Terra (‘Landless Journal’).  He worked for the journal Brasil de Fato for four years as an associate editor, also assisting in the coordination and political guidance for the Center of Popular Media (CPMídias).

Efemia Chela

Communications Officer

Efemia Chela

Efemia is an editor and has worked in publishing for a decade. She is an MA candidate at Wits University, where her research sits at the intersection of queer studies and African studies, looking at lesbian, bisexual, and queer communities in Zambia. She manages publishing at Inkani Books.

Pindiga Ambedkar

Communications Assistant

Pindiga Ambedkar

Pindiga Ambedkar received his MPhil from the Centre for the Study of Social Systems at Jawaharlal Nehru University, where he focused his studies on issues faced by the oppressed classes (specifically, the lower castes or Dalits) in science and technology institutes in India. As a student, P. Ambedkar was an active member of Students’ Federation of India (SFI) and was elected as the Vice-President of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) Students’ Union (2007-08) while pursuing his Master’s. In addition to his research, P. Ambedkar is engaged with Dalit Shoshan Mukti Manch (“the Platform for Liberation of the Oppressed” in English), which fights against caste discrimination. Prior to joining the Tricontinental, he worked as a correspondent with NewsClick, a web-based journal headquartered in New Delhi.

Atul Chandra

Communications Assistant

Atul Chandra

Atul is a postgraduate from the University of Delhi. He has been a student and youth activist since 2007. While pursuing his bachelor’s degree, he was elected as the central councilor of the University of Delhi student union (2009–2010). Prior to joining Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research, Atul worked as a field investigator for the Right to Food Campaign, focusingon the themes of human bondage, land alienation, and hunger death among Sahariya tribes in Rajasthan. Between 2013–2017, he coordinated and organised various activities and research work as a researcher and project assistant in collaboration with the South Asian University and Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung (South Asia).

Operations

The operations team facilitates and supports the day-to-day running of the institute.

Tariro Takuva

Operations Director

Tariro Takuva

Tariro has extensive experience in finance and operations. She works in different capacities to support organisations and movements on the African continent that are focused on facilitating community and societal engagement, education, advancing and promoting social justice, human rights, and furthering democracy and equality.

Ursula Eggers

Operations Administrator

Ursula Eggers

Ursula is a Chilean feminist and defender of human rights. As the president of the Providencia Human Rights Coordinating Committee and a cofounder of the Observatory on Human Rights and Political Violence, she worked to condemn national and international human rights violations that took place during Chile’s political uprising from 2019 to 2020. Ursula was also an advisor during Chile’s constitutional process, where she founded and oversaw the Plurinational Union of Workers of the Constitutional Convention. She has a degree in social work.

Technology

The Tech team keeps our tech infrastructure running and takes care of IT, tech support, web development, and other tech-related tasks.

Amílcar Guerra

Director

Amílcar Guerra

Amílcar is a graphic designer and self-taught web developer as well as a hacker in spirit. He has a long history of collaborating with various kinds of organisations in web development and technology across the world including Cuba, Venezuela, Colombia, Germany, Australia, and Mexico. He has a strong interest in the intersection between technology and politics and coordinates the technology department of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research.

Ariana Micaela Hereñú

Tech Ops

Ariana Micaela Hereñú

Ariana is a feminist activist, history teacher, lover of technology, and nerd by nature. She teaches at The National Technological University (UTN) and co-coordinates a degree in computer programming, where she can combine her two passions: the social and the technological.

Daniel Lage

Sysadmin

Daniel Lage

Daniel is a systems administrator, professor, samba dancer, poet, and political scientist. He has worked with open source software and with the Linux community. Parallel to his work as a computer scientist, he received his master’s degree in political science, became a popular educator, and, in 2021, launched his first book of poems, entitled Florecimientos (‘Blossoms’). With this hybrid trajectory, he found in the Tricontinental a promising space for his professional development.

Senior Fellows

P. Sainath

P. Sainath

P. Sainath is India’s most important reporter. He has spent the past three decades covering rural India, work that resulted in the creation of the People’s Archive of Rural India. Nobel Prize winner Amartya Sen calls Sainath ‘one of the world’s great experts on famine and hunger’. In 2000, Sainath was the first reporter to win Amnesty International’s Global Award for Human Rights Journalism, and that same year he won the UN Food & Agricultural Organisation’s Boerma Prize. Sainath is the 2007 winner of the Ramon Magsaysay Award (Asia’s most prestigious prize) and the 2014 winner of the World Media Summit Global Award. Sainath’s book Everybody Loves a Good Drought (1996) has been reprinted in a 20th anniversary edition as a Penguin Classic. He also wrote the foreword for John Reed’s Ten Days that Shook the World (LeftWord, 2018).

Li Bo

Li Bo

Li Bo is the executive director of the Shanghai Chunqiu Institute for Development and Strategic Studies and the assistant dean at China Institute of Fudan University, one of China’s top think tanks. Dr. Li obtained a PhD degree in economics from Kiel University in Germany. From 1994 to 2015, he served in a variety of senior executive roles in several prestigious domestic and foreign strategy consulting firms and public listed companies. Before joining Chunqiu Institute, Dr. Li served as the academic representative of Guancha Syndicate in Beijing. His research interests include the history of socialism, socialism in China, the digital economy, and development economics and geopolitics around China and the Global South.

Aijaz Ahmad (1941–2022)

Aijaz Ahmad (1941–2022)

Aijaz is a leading Marxist philosopher and cultural theorist. He is the author of In Theory: Classes, Nations, Literature (1992), Lineages of the Present: Ideological and Political Genealogies of Contemporary South Asia (2001), and Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Imperialism of Our Time (2004). He has been a Professorial Fellow at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, the Rajiv Gandhi Chair at Jawaharlal Nehru University, the Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan Chair at Jamia Millia University, and is currently the Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of California (Irvine).

Grieve Chelwa

Grieve Chelwa

Grieve is a Zambian economist whose research focuses on African economic development. He is an associate professor of political economy at the Africa Institute as well as the coordinator of the Collective on African Political Economy (CAPE), a collection of emerging African academics and leaders of social movements interested in an emancipatory political economy as it relates to the African continent. Grieve previously served as a senior lecturer at the University of Cape Town and held postdoctoral fellowships at Harvard University and the University of the Witwatersrand. He is a regular commentator on African economic issues, with opinions appearing in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Bloomberg, CGTN, BBC, Mail and Guardian, People’s Dispatch, Lusaka Times, and Business Day, among many others. He holds a BA in economics from the University of Zambia and a PhD in economics from the University of Cape Town.

Pilar Troya Fernández

Researcher

Pilar Troya Fernández

Pilar is a militant and researcher. She is an Ecuadorian feminist anthropologist and has a master’s degree in women and gender studies. Her main areas of interest are social public policies, especially concerning gender equality and the feminist movement. Her activism began in college as part of the student movement and she was involved in the Women’s Assembly in Quito. She worked as a researcher with the System of Social Indicators (SIISE) and the Latin America Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO), where she also taught classes on public policies and social indicators. She then served as an advisor to the Ministry of National Planning and as an advisor and Deputy Minister to the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology of Ecuador. She coordinates the feminisms working group of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research.

Deby Veneziale

Deby Veneziale

Deby has been a researcher, journalist, and editor for left and progressive newspapers, journals, and books in the United States for many years. Her work focuses on Marxist theory, the national question in the United States, and the evolution of National Liberation Socialism, and she has also studied the global supply chain industry. She continues in that same capacity at Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research.

Researchers

E. Ahmet Tonak

Economist

E. Ahmet Tonak

Ahmet is the author and editor of several books including Measuring the Wealth of Nations: The Political Economy of National Accounts (with Anwar Shaikh), Turkey in Transition: New Perspectives (edited with Irvin Schick), and Marxism and Classes (edited with Sungur Savran and Kurtar Tanyılmaz). Trained as a mechanical engineer at Istanbul Technical University, he earned a Ph.D. in economics from the New School for Social Research. Ahmet taught for many years at Istanbul Bilgi University, Middle East Technical University, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He wrote for several Turkish dailies and contributes to sendika.org, an alternative news portal in Turkey.

Manolo de los Santos

Researcher

Manolo de los Santos

Manolo is an organiser and educator. He owes his political education to people’s movements from the Caribbean to New York City. He was the founding director of the People’s Forum, a movement incubator for working-class communities to build unity across historic lines of division at home and abroad.

Nitheesh Narayanan

Researcher

Nitheesh Narayanan

Nitheesh has been an activist with the Students’ Federation of India (SFI) since 2003 and is currently working as a member of its central secretariat. He is a PhD scholar at the Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy of Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi, India), where he studies the connections between caste and class as well as the political mobilisation of the early communist movement in North Malabar. He is currently the editor of Student Struggle, SFI’s journal. Nitheesh received his MA in politics with a specialisation in international studies and his MPhil on the agrarian movement and caste question from the same university. Nitheesh writes about social and political issues in a number of periodicals and portals in English and Malayalam.

Mikaela Nhondo Erskog

Researcher

Mikaela Nhondo Erskog

Mika is an educator and researcher. She is part of the Pan Africanism Today Secretariat, which coordinates the regional articulation of the International People’s Assembly and is also part of the No Cold War coordination committee, a peace platform promoting multilateralism and maximum global cooperation. She is also part of Dongsheng, an international collective of researchers interested in Chinese politics and society, and hosts The Crane: An Africa-China Podcast.

Jie Xiong

Researcher

Jie Xiong

Jie Xiong is a Chinese technologist, translator, and editor. He has participated in the digitisation process of multiple leading enterprises in China. He has written and translated more than ten books, most of them related to information technology and digitisation. His latest translation is of Cybernetic Revolutionaries, a book about the Chilean technological Project Cybersyn during Salvador Allende’s administration. He has an MBA degree from the University of Liverpool and is a senior researcher at the Sichuan Institute for High Quality Development.

Marco Fernandes

Researcher

Marco Fernandes

Marco has a BA and MA in history and a PhD in social psychology from the University of São Paulo. He has worked with popular movements for two decades and helped form the research group on evangelism in politics in the Tricontinental (Brazil) office. He currently lives in Beijing and has been researching and publishing work related to geopolitics from a Global South perspective, as well as on various aspects of China’s economy, politics, and culture. He is a co-founder and co-editor of the Dongsheng Collective.

Ajit Singh

Researcher

Ajit Singh

Ajit is a lawyer, researcher, and writer whose work focuses on US foreign policy towards China and ongoing developments in the New Cold War. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Western Ontario and currently contributes to the institute’s English-language editing and publications.

Ghassane Koumiya

Researcher

Ghassane Koumiya

Ghassane is a researcher and the director of education and programming at the Zetkin Forum for Social Research in Berlinprofessor of translation at the Institute of Leadership and Journalism in Rabat (Morocco). He is also a professor of translation with a PhD in cultural anthropology, a political anthropologist, and a political activista political anthropologist who has worked on grassroots, political, and popular movements from the Maghreb region. Ghassane has written articles and studies on grassroots, political, and popular movements in the Middle East and North Africa and is active in the trade union movement and human rights movements in Morocco. He is currently completing his PhD in Cultural Anthropology at Ljubljana University (Slovenia).

Special Projects

Wenhua Zongheng

Ajit Singh

Coordinator

Ajit Singh

Ajit is a lawyer, researcher, and writer whose work focuses on US foreign policy towards China and ongoing developments in the New Cold War. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Western Ontario and currently contributes to the institute’s English-language editing and publications.

Tings Chak

Researcher

Tings Chak

Tings is an artist, writer, and organiser whose work contributes to popular struggles across the Global South. Her current research focuses on the art of national liberation struggles. She received her Master of Architecture from the University of Toronto and is the author and illustrator of Undocumented: The Architecture of Migrant Detention (2017). She leads the art department of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research.

Jie Xiong

Researcher

Jie Xiong

Jie Xiong is a Chinese technologist, translator, and editor. He has participated in the digitisation process of multiple leading enterprises in China. He has written and translated more than ten books, most of them related to information technology and digitisation. His latest translation is of Cybernetic Revolutionaries, a book about the Chilean technological Project Cybersyn during Salvador Allende’s administration. He has an MBA degree from the University of Liverpool and is a senior researcher at the Sichuan Institute for High Quality Development.

War on Drugs

Laura Capote

Coordinator

Laura Capote

Laura is a Colombian social activist and journalist who has been living in Argentina since 2013. She has a degree in communication sciences from the University of Buenos Aires and is an MA candidate in international relations at the National University of La Plata. She is responsible for the Secretariat of Political Education of ALBA, a continent-wide platform of social and people’s movements, and a member of the Colombian Group of Critical Thought at the University of Buenos Aires’ Colombian Institute of Latin American Studies. She is also a part of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research’s Observatory on the Conjuncture of Latin America and the Caribbean (OBSAL).

Srujana Bodapati

Coordinator

Srujana Bodapati

Srujana has mainly worked in the area agrarian relations in India. She has participated in village studies in different parts of India. From time to time she writes on Indian banking sector issues in NewsClick. She was active in student politics in Delhi and still takes active interest in left politics and struggles.

Team

Satarupa Chakraborty

Researcher

Satarupa Chakraborty

Satarupa is an activist and is currently pursuing a PhD in philosophy at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi, India. She has been actively associated with the student movement in India since 2013. She was elected as the general secretary of JNU’s student union in 2016. In 2015, she held the position of convener of the student union at the School of Social Sciences. She has been active part of the movements #OccupyUGC and #StandWithJNU. She received her MA from the University of Hyderabad and her M.Phil from JNU in the philosophy of language. She was also awarded the Junior Research Fellowship by the Indian Council of Philosophical Research.

 

Subin Dennis

Researcher

Subin Dennis

Subin Dennis is an economist and activist based in New Delhi. Hailing from Kerala, he holds M.A. and MPhil. degrees in economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He was active with the student movement and served as the Delhi State Vice-President of the Students’ Federation of India (SFI). Subin’s writings in English and Malayalam on issues related to economy and politics appear in various periodicals and websites. He worked with the online news portal NewsClick as a writer before joining Tricontinental.

Pindiga Ambedkar

Researcher

Pindiga Ambedkar

Pindiga Ambedkar received his MPhil from the Centre for the Study of Social Systems at Jawaharlal Nehru University, where he focused his studies on issues faced by the oppressed classes (specifically, the lower castes or Dalits) in science and technology institutes in India. As a student, P. Ambedkar was an active member of Students’ Federation of India (SFI) and was elected as the Vice-President of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) Students’ Union (2007-08) while pursuing his Master’s. In addition to his research, P. Ambedkar is engaged with Dalit Shoshan Mukti Manch (“the Platform for Liberation of the Oppressed” in English), which fights against caste discrimination. Prior to joining the Tricontinental, he worked as a correspondent with NewsClick, a web-based journal headquartered in New Delhi.

Atul Chandra

Researcher

Atul Chandra

Atul is a postgraduate from the University of Delhi. He has been a student and youth activist since 2007. While pursuing his bachelor’s degree, he was elected as the central councilor of the University of Delhi student union (2009–2010). Prior to joining Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research, Atul worked as a field investigator for the Right to Food Campaign, focusingon the themes of human bondage, land alienation, and hunger death among Sahariya tribes in Rajasthan. Between 2013–2017, he coordinated and organised various activities and research work as a researcher and project assistant in collaboration with the South Asian University and Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung (South Asia).

Srabani Chakraborty

Researcher

Srabani Chakraborty

Srabani is an organiser and activist associated with the All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA). Trained in history, she is currently pursuing her PhD at the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). Before becoming associated with AIDWA, Srabani had been active in student politics through the Student Federation of India from the time she pursued her BA in history at Jadavpur University. She ran for the post of student representative for the Gender Sensitisation Committee Against Sexual Harassment at JNU and was elected in 2017 in the midst of a struggle against the university administration, which was attempting to dismantle the committee and remove power from the student body.

Harleen Kaur

Researcher

Harleen Kaur

Harleen edits texts produced by Tricontinental’s India office, translates materials from English to Hindi, and coordinates the dissemination of the institute’s publications in India. Her research interests include how neoliberalism impacts education policies as well as critical pedagogy, social constructivist human development, and contemporary cultural discourses around individuality. She is also a math teacher.

Miguel Enrique Stédile

Co-coordinator

Miguel Enrique Stédile

Miguel Enrique Stédile received his master’s degree and PhD in history from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul. He is a member of the coordination of the Josué de Castro Institute of Education, a teaching institute for rural popular movements dedicated to training young teachers and managers of cooperatives. He is the author or co-author of nine books, including Nobody Regulates America on hybrid wars and geopolitical disputes in Latin America. He collaborates with several media outlets in Brazil, including Brasil de Fato and TV dos Trabalhadores (TVT).

Miguel Yoshida

Co-coordinator

Miguel Yoshida

Miguel is a coordinator of the Tricontinental (Brazil) office as well as an editor of the Journal of Studies of the Global South (RSG). He has extensive experience in book publishing through the publishing house Expressão Popular in Brazil and is the convener of the International Union of Left Publishers (IULP). He has a bachelor’s degree in literature and a master’s degree and PhD in comparative literature, and his main research interests are the relationship between art and society, with an emphasis on literary studies as a form of knowledge of reality and of resistance and organisation. He also works with the thought of Florestan Fernandes, mainly in his reflections on dependent capitalism and the dilemmas of Brazilian social formation.

Team

Cristiane Ganaka

Researcher

Cristiane Ganaka

Cristiane is an economist and also holds a bachelor’s degree in science and humanities from the Federal University of ABC (UFABC). She was a part of the student movement as an undergraduate and volunteered for the economic observatory of ABC. She worked with the Inter-Union Department of Statistics and Socioeconomic Studies (DIEESE) for over five years, working directly with the National Confederation of Metalworkers, part of the Unified Workers’ Central (CUT). She researched industry and, more specifically, the metallurgical sector from a perspective of gender, race, and youth, as well as the labor market and labor relations.

Rebecca Gendler

Administrator

Rebecca Gendler

Rebecca is responsible for the administrative and financial aspects of the São Paulo office. She has a bachelor’s degree in Advertising and Publicity with a specialization in marketing from Mackenzie Presbyterian University. Before joining Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research, Rebecca worked in the business sector, as well as with marketing agencies. She was also in charge of management for a business in the service sector for over seven years, where she was responsible for administrative, financial, and operational management. She is also an activist.

Luiz Felipe Albuquerque

Communications Specialist

Luiz Felipe Albuquerque

Luiz is a journalist who is responsible for communications in Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research’s Brazil office. He worked in the communications sector of the Landless Workers Movement (MST) for five years, contributing to the movement’s public relations and press outreach. He was also an editor of the MST’s website and the Jornal Sem Terra (‘Landless Journal’).  He worked for the journal Brasil de Fato for four years as an associate editor, also assisting in the coordination and political guidance for the Center of Popular Media (CPMídias).

Delana Corazza

Researcher

Delana Corazza

Delana is a researcher with a bachelor’s degree in social sciences from the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo, a master’s degree in Architecture and Urbanism from the University of São Paulo, and a PhD in Geography from São Paulo State University. She began her activism in housing movements and urban occupations in the city centre of São Paulo, was an activist with Consulta Popular, and worked on land regularisation in favelas on the outskirts of São Paulo and with popular education in various spaces. She coordinated the research project Observatory on Evictions with the School of Architecture and Urbanism of the University of Sao Paulo and the Federal University of ABC and was the coordinator of the Women in Struggle project for the Gaspar Garcia Centre for Human Rights. She has coordinated research on evangelicals, politics, and grassroots work with Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research since 2019.

Tariro Takuva

Coordinator

Tariro Takuva

Tariro has extensive experience in finance and operations. She works in different capacities to support organisations and movements on the African continent that are focused on facilitating community and societal engagement, education, advancing and promoting social justice, human rights, and furthering democracy and equality.

Network of African Research Institutes

NARI

Consistent with our broad aim of driving movement-driven research, analysis, and collaboration, NARI is the coordination body of our research interests on the continent.

Mikaela Nhondo Erskog

Researcher

Mikaela Nhondo Erskog

Mika is an educator and researcher. She is part of the Pan Africanism Today Secretariat, which coordinates the regional articulation of the International People’s Assembly and is also part of the No Cold War coordination committee, a peace platform promoting multilateralism and maximum global cooperation. She is also part of Dongsheng, an international collective of researchers interested in Chinese politics and society, and hosts The Crane: An Africa-China Podcast.

Yvonne Phyllis

Researcher

Yvonne Phyllis

Yvonne is a researcher, author, and teacher. She received a master’s degree in Political and International Studies from The University Currently Known as Rhodes. She is currently the co-director of operations at The Forge, a radical pan-African project in Johannesburg, Braamfontein. Prior to joining The Forge, Yvonne was a lecturer of Political and International Studies at The University Currently Known as Rhodes. Her research interests include the landlessness and exploitation of farmworkers in South Africa and their land aspirations as well as land redistribution and agrarian reform in Africa.

African Union of Left Publishers

AULP

AULP is a network of like-minded publishers advancing the dissemination of Left ideas and political texts across the African continent, using a solidarity rights model.

Efemia Chela

Managing Editor of Inkani Books

Efemia Chela

Efemia is an editor and has worked in publishing for a decade. She is an MA candidate at Wits University, where her research sits at the intersection of queer studies and African studies, looking at lesbian, bisexual, and queer communities in Zambia. She manages publishing at Inkani Books.

Collective on African Political Economy

CAPE

CAPE is a grouping of emerging academic and activists interested in an emancipatory political economy for Africa.

Grieve Chelwa

Senior Fellow

Grieve Chelwa

Grieve is a Zambian economist whose research focuses on African economic development. He is an associate professor of political economy at the Africa Institute as well as the coordinator of the Collective on African Political Economy (CAPE), a collection of emerging African academics and leaders of social movements interested in an emancipatory political economy as it relates to the African continent. Grieve previously served as a senior lecturer at the University of Cape Town and held postdoctoral fellowships at Harvard University and the University of the Witwatersrand. He is a regular commentator on African economic issues, with opinions appearing in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Bloomberg, CGTN, BBC, Mail and Guardian, People’s Dispatch, Lusaka Times, and Business Day, among many others. He holds a BA in economics from the University of Zambia and a PhD in economics from the University of Cape Town.