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Marina Zaloznaya is an associate professor of sociology and political science at the University of Iowa. Her research explores political dimensions, gender patterns, and network properties of public sector corruption in non-democratic regimes from a range of methodological perspectives. Her first book, The Politics of Bureaucratic Corruption in Post-Transitional Eastern Europe, which drew on ethnographic and comparative-historical analyses, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2017. More recently, funded by the U.S. Department of Defense, Dr. Zaloznaya and her collaborators collected and analyzed three rounds of public opinion surveys in Russia, China, Ukraine, and Georgia. Along with Dr. Zaloznaya’s other work, findings from these have been published in a range of sociology, political science, and interdisciplinary journals, including Social Forces, Electoral Studies, Post-Soviet Affairs, Law & Social Inquiry, Europe-Asia Studies, Sociology of Development, Crime, Law, and Social Change, the Annual Review of Sociology, and other venues.

Marco Garrido is an associate professor at the University of Chicago’s Department of Sociology. He earned his Bachelor's of Arts from Harvard University in 2000. He then earned his Master’s degree from the University of Notre Dame, before earning his PhD from the University of Michigan in 2013. Dr. Garrido's work has focused on the relationship between the urban poor and middle class in Manila as located in slums and upper- and middle-class enclaves. The project has been to connect this relationship with urban structure on the one hand and political dissensus on the other, and in so doing, Dr. Garrido highlights the role of class in shaping urban space, social life, and politics. In his book, The Patchwork City, Dr. Garrido documents the fragmentation of Manila into a “patchwork” of classed spaces, particularly slums and upper- and middle-class enclaves. He then looks beyond urban fragmentation at its effects on class relations and politics, arguing that the proliferation of slums and enclaves and their subsequent proximity have intensified class relations. The Patchwork City illuminates how segregation, class relations, and democracy are connected and thus helps us make similar connections in other cases.

Nicholas Wilson is an associate professor of sociology at Stony Brook University. He earned his doctorate in sociology from the University of California, Berkley in 2012. Wilson's research focuses on the historical sociology of empires and colonialism, through the case of the English East India Trading Company's presence in South Asia.  In addition, Wilson studies the methodology of interdisciplinary research, transformations in the historical category of corruption, the sociology of knowledge and morality, fiscal sociology, and the philosophy of social science. His research has been published in, among other places, The American Journal of Sociology and European Journal of Sociology.

Fernando Forattini is a researcher on the system of the current global anticorruption framework and its relation with neoliberalism, democracy and the current reconfiguration of the global political-economic system, utilizing the relationship of Brazil and the United States as a case study. He holds a Ph.D. from the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo (Brazil). He was top-ranked for a Scholarship from The University of Chicago as Visiting Student (2022), and he has Specializations in Anticorruption and Regulatory Compliance (University of Pennsylvania and Transparency International School on Integrity/Lithuania). He was also selected for co-mentoring for his Ph.D. by Temple University. His first books on Brazilian dictatorship,  and its relation with mainstream media, encompassing their motives for legitimizing torture, the rise of economic and political inequality, corruption cases, amongst others can be found in top-U.S. Universities, as well as his book on humor as a vital form of resistance against those legitimizing discourses. 

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