People of the Democratic Statecraft Lab

Juliano da Silva Cortinhas

Visiting Scholar

Juliano da Silva Cortinhas is Professor of International Relations at the University of Brasília and a visiting scholar at the University of Virginia. He holds a PhD (University of Brasilia) and a MA (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul), both in International Relations. His research concentrates on International Security, National Defense, civil-military relations in Brazil, U.S. Defense Policy and decision-making theory, with emphasis on discussions about the Brazilian Defense structure and budget. Previous professional experiences include: Chief of Staff at the Pandiá Calógeras Institute, a think tank of the Brazilian Ministry of Defense (2013- 2016); Senior Civil Advisor for Defense Affairs to the Brazilian Presidency at the Secretariat for Strategic Affairs (2012-2013); Visiting Scholar at the University of Delaware (2011-2012); and Chair of the Department of International Relations at the University of Curitiba (2010-2011). He is involved in many teaching and research initiatives, including the coordination of the Study and Research Group on International Security ( and a research project financed by CAPES on the Brazilian defense system  He has published book chapters and articles focused in Portuguese, Spanish, and English.


Todd Sechser

Todd S. Sechser

Professor of Politics, Lab Director

Coauthor of Nuclear Weapons and Coercive Diplomacy

Expertise in international relations, foreign policynuclear securityemerging technologies


Dale Copeland

Professor of Politics
Tobias Grossmann

Tobias Grossmann

Associate Professor of Psychology
Harry Harding

Harry Harding

Professor of Public Policy, Batten School
David Leblang

David Leblang

Professor of Politics

Syaru Shirley Lin

Associated Faculty Department of Politics and Compton Visiting Professor in World Politics, Miller Center of Public Affairs
Anne Meng

Anne Meng

Assistant Professor of Politics
John Owen

John M. Owen

Professor of Politics, Department Chair

Mila Versteeg

Professor of Law, UVA School of Law

Kirill Zhirkov

Assistant Professor, Department of Politics


Joshua Alley

Post-Doctoral Research Associate

Sowon Park

Graduate Fellow

Justin Schon

Research Affiliate

Luke Shimek

David and Linda Gibson Postdoctoral Fellow in Democracy

Alexis Yang

Doctoral Research Assistant

Lab Support