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V. Miranda Chase

  • Visiting Lecturer
Academic Division: History & Society


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 currently a PhD candidate in the Global Governance and Human Security program at UMass Boston. She has taught courses on comparative politics, environmental politics, Latin American politics, and international development. 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. She is a mom, a wife, and an amateur cook.

Academic Degrees

  • MA, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • MSc, 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


Journal Articles

  • Chase, V. (in press). 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. IBRI.