Karin Schmalz

Karin Schmalz is a Brazilian scientist who has worked with human rights and environmental organizations since 2002. She has held positions as an environmental scientist, university lecturer, and science, culture and politics writer for over 25 years. After graduating at federal universities in Brazil, she received her DPhil in Zoology from the University of Oxford in 2005.

Brazil Rejects Bolsonaro’s Anti-Politics

December 09, 2020

Municipal elections in Brazil were rarely the subject of international media attention before 2016. That year, growing political unrest culminated in President Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment in August, and the October elections brought in a wave of far-right politicians aligned to the rising power of Jair Bolsonaro. Rio de Janeiro elected...

Is Brazil Headed for a Dictatorship?

October 27, 2018

Far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro could become the next Brazilian president. The eyes of the world are on Brazil. For a long list of reasons, an autocratic candidate is the frontrunner in the presidential election on October 28. Considered the “most misogynistic, hateful” politician in the democratic world, Jair Bolsonaro is...