Ned Littlefield

Position title: Ph.D. Candidate: Comparative Politics


Research interests

Latin American Politics, especially Brazil


Ned worked as an English teacher, research analyst, and project manager in Latin America and the U.S. before graduate school. He has worked as a monitoring and evaluation manager at Acelero Learning – Wisconsin and a research fellow at the Wisconsin Policy Forum during graduate school. Ned has a BA from Kenyon College and an MA from Brandeis University.

Policy publications

Ned Littlefield and Joe Peterangelo. 2022. “Hitting Home: Milwaukee’s homeownership inequities and how we compare to peer cities”. Wisconsin Policy Forum. Available here.


Ned has received funding from the Brazilian Studies Association, the U.S. Departments of Education and State, the UW-Madison Department of Political Science, the UW-Madison Graduate School, and the UW-Madison Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies Program.


During the 2022-2023 Academic Year, Ned is a research affiliate with the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro and the Universidade de Brasília.