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V. Miranda Chase

  • Visiting Lecturer
Academic Division: History & Society

Bio

Miranda Chase is an environmental governance scholar with a focus on the Amazon region. She has been working with indigenous and traditional communities in the Brazilian Amazon since 2011. Her research spans from dams, water resources and fisheries management, to social movements and policy analysis. She holds degrees in International Relations (BA), Integrated Water Management (MSc), and is now graduating with a PhD degree in Global Governance and Human Security at UMass Boston. She has taught courses on comparative politics, environmental politics, Latin American politics, and international development both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Her publications address issues of climate change, global environmental networks, and grassroots initiatives in the Amazon. She is a Smith Fellow with the Mercatus Center, where she studies environmental political economy.

Academic Degrees

  • Ph D, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • MA, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • MS, University of Queensland
  • BA, University of Brasilia

Academic Interest / Expertise

Environmental governance, Amazonia, Social Movements, Comparative Politics, Latin American Politics, Sustainable Development, Climate Politics, Water Management, Dams, Renewable Energy, Critical race and feminist studies

Awards & Honors

  • 2019 — John D. Martz III Prize - Best Graduate Student Paper, Middle Atlantic Council on Latin American Studies
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Courses

  • Degree Courses 2022

    • POL 4645 COMPARATIVE LATIN AMERICAN POLITICS
    • HSS 2012 SOCIO-ECOLOGICAL WATER SYSTEMS
    • NST 2012 SOCIO-ECOLOGICAL WATER SYSTEMS
  • Degree Courses 2021

    • CVA 2055 PEOPLES AND CULTURES OF THE AMERICAS
    • HSS 2012 SOCIO-ECOLOGICAL WATER SYSTEMS
    • NST 2012 SOCIO-ECOLOGICAL WATER SYSTEMS
    • HSS 2040 ENVIRONMENTAL POL

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Chase, V. (2019). The Changing Face of Environmental Governance in the Brazilian Amazon: Indigenous and Traditional Peoples Promoting Norm Diffusion. Revista Brasileira de Política Internacional. Vol: 62, Issue: 2, Page: 20. Revista Brasileira de Politica Internacional, IBRI. link

Book Chapters

  • Barkin, J., Chase, V., van Wees, S. (2021). Interpretive Methodologies, Quantitative Methods, and Comparative Environmental Politics: The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Environmental Politics. Oxford University Press. link
  • Chase, V., Rodrigues dos Santos, R., Postigo, A. (2020). The Cantinas Network of Terra do Meio: A Case of Institutional Learning in the Amazon Forest: Exploring the Political Economy and Social Philosophy of Vincent and Elinor Ostrom. Rowman & Littlefield.
  • Chase, V. (2018). Analyzing the Impacts of Climate Adaptation Plans in the Amazon Basin: Resilience and Vulnerability for Whom? : Climate Change Adaptation in Latin America: Managing Vulnerability, Fostering Resilience. Page: 223-239. Springer.

Book Reviews

  • Chase, V. (2019). Book Review- Subnational Hydropolitics: Conflict, Cooperation and Institution-Building in Shared River Basins, by Scott M. Moore: Global Environmental Politics, Journal. Vol: 19, Issue: 4, Page: 143-145.

Conference Proceedings

  • Chase, V. (2017). Traditional Communities and Natural Resources in the Amazon: Making Live in Letting Die: Anais do II Seminario Internacional America Latina: Politicas e Conflitos Contemporaneos . Page: 4449-4458. NAEA & UFPA.

Presentations

  • The Governance of Civil Society Networks Chase, V. International Studies Association Northeast Annual Conference, Online (2021)
  • The Networks of Social Movements Resisting Dams in the Amazon Chase, V. International Studies Association, Online (2021)
  • The Evolution of Canada's International Fisheries Policies Barkin, J. Chase, V. Holcombe, L. International Studies Association Annual Convention, Online (2021)
  • Indigenous Peoples, International Norms, and Environmental Governance in the Amazon Chase, V. International Studies Association Northeast Annual Conference, Providence, RI (2019)
  • The Networks of Dam Resistance Social Movements in the Amazon Chase, V. XXXIX Sunbelt Conference, Montreal, Canada (2019)
  • The Diffusion of International Norms Across Borders: How Transnational Networks Protect Local Communities in the Amazon Chase, V. 39th Annual Conference of the Middle Atlantic Council of Latin American Studies, Long Island, NY (2019)
  • Norm Diffusion and Democratization Through Community Consultation in the Amazon Chase, V. American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Boston, MA (2018)
  • Fighting for Democracy with Creativity, Rule of Law, and Cultural Identity Chase, V. Fall Graduate Research Colloquium, Herndon, VA (2018)
  • Traditional Communities and Natural Resources in the Amazon: Making Live and Letting Die Chase, V. Seminario Internacional America Latina: Politicas e Conflitos Contemporaneos, Belem, PA, Brazil (2017)
  • Management via Proxy: Evaluating surrogate roles in resource management of the giant Arapaima fish Gurdak, D. Chase, V. McGrath, D. Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Boston, MA (2017)
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Professional Services

  • Mentor of two Masters' Student University of Massachusetts Boston (2020 - 2021)

Professional Memberships

  • International Network for Social Network Analysis (2019 - 2022)
  • Middle Atlantic Council of Latin American Studies (2019 - 2022)
  • American Political Science Association (2018 - 2022)
  • International Studies Association (2018 - 2022)
  • International Water Association (2017 - 2022)

Department & College Wide Services

  • LASO Student Club (Fall 2021 - Fall 2022)
  • Littauer Committee (Fall 2021 - Spring 2022)
  • SES Club (Fall 2021 - Spring 2022)
  • Honors Council (Fall 2020 - Spring 2021)