Georgetown University will host Carlos Jalali, Professor and Researcher in the field of Political Science, in the spring semester of 2022 in which Portugal, its political system and that of the Portuguese-speaking world will be at the center of attention.

Carlos Jalali, Professor and Researcher in the Department of Social Sciences, Politics and Territory of the University of Aveiro, was chosen as the next Visiting Professor in the Department of Government of Georgetown University (Washington, D.C., USA).

The Political Scientist will teach a course, in English, at one of the most prestigious universities in the world, which will be dedicated to the analysis of political institutions and behaviors in Portugal and the Portuguese-speaking world, in particular Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau and Brazil. This course includes a historical analysis of the political transformation of these countries, from the dictatorship in Portugal to the impact it had on the development of the institutions in the Portuguese-speaking countries, and the current governance of these countries.

“Adapting the old phrase of Alexandre O’Neill, I would say that between Portugal and Georgetown there is sea and sea, there is bring and take. Bring by the updating and learning that this semester in Georgetown provides. It will indeed be a unique opportunity to learn about new dynamics of scientific research and pedagogical practices, which have become even more important in this pandemic context, and to collaborate with reference researchers. But also take. In particular, it will be an opportunity to make known the Portuguese political system to Georgetown students and researchers, analyzing it and situating it in a comparative perspective.” – Carlos Jalali.

Carlos Jalali also stressed the importance of this opportunity for his academic career, which will give him access to the academic resources of Georgetown University, and, at the same time, make known Portugal in one of the main learning centers of Political Science.

“I have no doubt that this experience will help me become a better researcher and teacher. And I think Georgetown will also be enriched by the study of our country, an interesting and pertinent case for several of the issues that Political Science is currently struggling with today.” – Carlos Jalali

Carlos Jalali holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Oxford, where he also earned his bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, and a master’s degree in Development Economics, both with a grade of excellence.

Besides being a Professor at the University of Aveiro, Carlos Jalali is the coordinator of the Public Policy Institutions Innovation group at the research unit on Governance, Competitiveness and Public Policies of the same University, and since 2016 President of the Portuguese Association of Political Science.

Carlos Jalali was chosen by a jury composed of Rita Faden, President of FLAD, Nuno Garoupa, Professor at the University of George Mason, and Nuno Severiano Teixeira, Director of the Portuguese Institute of International Relations of the NOVA University of Lisbon.