Meredith W. Watts professor emeritus of political science at UWM, has been researching and photographing northeast Brazil for more than a decade. She has had visiting professorships in Israel, Germany, London, and various universities in the United States. She has a specialization in political behavior, German and European politics, and research methodology. Since 2005, her research and photography have focused on Northeast Brazil on festival cultures predominant in the area (Maranhão). Meredith is also active in “For Good” Photography, a nonprofit photography group committed to working with other nonprofits, and works with social justice with marginalized groups.