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.

Academic Publications

“After racial democracy? The state’s rhetorical reconstruction of national identity in Brazil (1990-2019)”. 2023. Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies. 1-21.

“Identity, Conflict and Discourse: Understanding Military Contestation in Brazil”. 2023. Journal of Latin American Studies. 1-28. w/ Douglas Block.

“Why do populists flip-flop on soldiers? The drug war’s civil-military commitment problem”. 2023. In Handbook on Democracy and Security. Eds. Nicholas A. Seltzer and Steven Lloyd Wilson. Cheltenham, United Kingdom: Edward Elgar Publishing. 211-230. w/ Omar O. Dumdum and Oliver Lang.

“Continuidade ou mudança? As relações civis-militares após a Intervenção Federal no Rio de Janeiro”. 2021. Revista Eletrônica de Ciência Política 12(1): 29-48. w/ Verônica Fenocchio Azzi.