Gladys Mitchell-Walthour is an assistant professor of Public Policy & Political Economy in the Department of Africology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is a political scientist who specializes in racial politics in Brazil, affirmative action, discrimination, and political behavior. She is the author of “The Politics of Blackness: Racial Identity and Political Behavior in Contemporary Brazil” (Cambridge University Press). She has published articles in The National Political Science Review, Latin American Politics & Society, Politics, Groups, and Identities, and Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies. She is currently the Vice President of the Brazil Studies Association She holds a PhD in political science from the University of Chicago, an MA from the University of Chicago, and MPP from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and a BA from Duke University.