Cristina Mehrtens (Ph.D., University of Miami, 2000), associate professor in the History and Women’s & Gender Studies departments at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (since 2004). She taught at the University Miami (1999-2003), Florida International University (2003-2004), and Miami-Dade College (2002-2004). She was also a professor of architecture at the Catholic University in Campinas (1987-1991) and served as an architect for the State Housing Agency (CDHU) in São Paulo (1988-1991). Most of her research has explored Brazil in the twentieth century to focus on regional histories political and their economic and social trajectories as well as varying transnational connections. She contributed to The Unedited Diaries of Carolina Maria de Jesus (Rutgers 1999), The Brazil Reader (Duke 1999), Municipal Services and Employees in the Modern City (Ashgate 2003), and Profissionais, práticas e representações  (Alameda/FAPESP 2013). Her book, Urban Space and National Identity in Early Twentieth-Century São Paulo, Brazil  (Palgrave Macmillan 2010) explores the formation of middle-class professional and technical groups in the early 1930s as well as topics including modernization, urban space, and the relationship between private and public.