Maria Luisa Mendonça
Rede Social de Justiça e Direitos Humanos
Maria Luisa Mendonça is director of Rede Social de Justiça e Direitos Humanos (Network for Social Justice and Human Rights) and research scholar at the Center for Place, Culture and Politics, CUNY Graduate Center. She is the editor of annual book Human Rights in Brazil, and her publications cover the history and political economy of agriculture, food, land and water systems, as well as geopolitical processes of resistance by rural social movements. Her research anticipated a trend in financial capital to “migrate” to farmland markets in the Global South after the collapse of the real estate market in the US in 2008. Her experience includes documentary filmmaking, investigative journalism, and community-based research. She has taught international political economy at University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ) and at Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV), and was a visiting scholar at Cornell University. Mendonça is a co-founder of the World Social Forum and has served in expert meetings on the Right to Food at the United Nations.