Mauricio Font is Professor of sociology at Queens College and the Graduate Center and is Director of the Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies and Cuba Project. Has worked extensively on Brazil, Cuba, Argentina, Chile, settler societies, and Latin America as a whole. His publications include Transforming Brazil (Rowman & Littlefield, 2001, forthcoming); To Craft a New Course (Rowman & Littlefield, 2001); Toward a New Cuba? (Lynne Rienner, 1996, co-edited with M. Centeno), Integración Económica y Democratización: América Latina y Cuba (University of Chile, 1998; co-editor); Coffee, Contention and Change (Basil Blackwell, 1991). Has taught at Rutgers and the University of Michigan – as well as at the University of Brasilia, UNESP and IUPERJ in Brazil, under awards from the Social Science Research Council and the Fulbright Program.