Barry Ames is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Comparative Politics in the Department of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh. Professor Ames specializes in legislative behavior, electoral systems, and political economy in Brazil and Latin America more generally. His books include The Deadlock of Democracy in Brazil (2001), Political Survival: Politicians and Public Policy in Latin America (1987), and Rhetoric and Reality in a Militarized Regime: Brazil After 1964 (1973). He has published widely in U.S. and Latin American outlets such as the American Journal of Political Science, American Political Science Review, Latin American Politics and Society, PolĂ­tica e Gobierno, and Dados as well as numerous edited volumes.