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Ronald Ahnen  |  Interests  |  Scholarship  |  Service  


  • PhD Political Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, May 16, 1999
    Dissertation: Defending Human Rights Under Democracy: The Case of Minors In Brazil
  • MS Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, December 12, 1992
  • BS German and Education, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, May 16, 1986

Teaching Experience:

Research Experience:

  • Associate Researcher - UNICENTRO, Guarapuava, Parana, Brazil (August 15, 2008 - June 30, 2009)
    Conducting research on micro-credit programs in southern Brazil.


Paper Presentation

  • The Role of Civil Society in Transforming Public Safety Policy in Brazil. Ahnen, Ronald (paper)
    Midwest Political Science Association
    Palmer House Hilton Hotel, Chicago, IL
    (April 2008)
  • A Community Based Research Approach to Teaching Research Methods. Ahnen, Ronald (paper)
    2007 APSA Teaching and Learning Conference
    (February 2007)
  • The Role of Police Massacres in Brazilian Public Safety Reforms. Ahnen, Ronald (paper)
    2nd Conference of Brazilian Studies in Northern California
    Conference sponsored by Saint Mary's College and organized by Prof. Ronald Ahnen
    (November 11, 2006)
  • When Images Rule: Media, the National Congress, and the Politics of Public Safety Policy In Brazil. Ahnen, Ronald (paper)
    Latin American Studies Association Conference
    San Juan, Puerto Rico
    (March 2006)

Public Lecture

  • Eleicoes nos Estados Unidos 2008. Ahnen, Ronald
    Public lecture on the electoral college system as well as topics and themes of the 2008 presidential and congressional campaigns, Kster Hotel, Guarapuava, Parana, Brazil (in Portuguese), also on November 3, 2008 to law students at Guarapuava University
    (October 19, 2008)
  • O andamento da terceira onda de democracia na America Latina. Ahnen, Ronald (talk, speech or lecture)
    "The ebb and flow of the Third Wave in Latin America," Public lecture to the Philosophy Department at the Midwest State University, Guarapuava, Parana, Brazil (in Portuguese)
    (September 16, 2008)
  • Our Role In Ending Sentences. Ahnen, Ronald (talk, speech or lecture)
    Presentation to Mount Diablo Unitarian Universalist Congregation (Walnut Creek, CA) regarding U.S. citizens' role in helping to limit incarceration in the U.S. and to improve the conditions under which persons are incarcerated.
    (July 22, 2007)
  • Explaining Unending Police Violence in Brazil. Ahnen, Ronald (talk, speech or lecture, invited)
    Lecture offered at Stanford University's Center for Latin American Studies, Stanford, CA
    (January 23, 2007)
  • Brazil in International Relations. Ahnen, Ronald (talk, speech or lecture, invited)
    Offered as part of the Great Decisions Series, sponsored by the World Affairs Council, San Francisco, CA, February 21, 2006, and to the Diablo International Resource Center in Walnut Creek, CA, Feburary 28, 2006
    (February 2006)


  • Ahnen, Ronald. 2007. The Politics of Police Violence in Democratic Brazil. Latin American Politics and Society 49 (Spring): 141-164.
  • Ahnen, Ronald. 2003. Between Tyranny of the Majority and Liberty: the Persistence of Human Rights Violations Under Democracy in Brazil. Bulletin of Latin American Research 22 (3).
  • Ahnen, Ronald. 2001. Civil Societys Push for Political Space: Children and Adolescent Rights Councils in Brazil. International Journal of Children's Rights 9 (1).
  • Ahnen, Ronald. 2001. Citizenship and Homelessness in Brazil. In International Perspectives on Homelessness, eds. Pokaow, Valerie and Guillean, Cindy. Greenwood Press.
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