Chayenne Polimédio

Deputy Director, Political Reform Program

Chayenne Polimédio is the deputy director of the Political Reform program at New America. She coordinates all aspects of the program’s work, and manages an independent portfolio of research and writing on issues  related to representation and participation, as well as about Brazilian politics and identity. Chayenne has written for Vox, Quartz, the Washington Monthly, and other publications.

Prior to working at New America, she was a Junior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in D.C. There, she conducted researched on the rule of law in various countries, systematic corruption as a threat to national security, and perceptions of inequality and their correlation to insurgent behavior. Prior to Carnegie, Chayenne worked for the United Nations Population Fund in New York and the Greek Consulate in Brazil. Originally from São Paulo, she is an honors graduate of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne where she studied Political Science.

All Work

Church Attendance and the Decline of Civic Spaces

Chayenne Polimedio's article about how the decrease in church attendance can have political consequences was published in Pacific Standard.

Where Is Your 'Third Place'?

As Americans go to church less, communities are losing an important civic space.

Social Media Is Corroding Our Democracy

Chayenne Polimedio reviewed Cass R. Sunstein's book, #Republic: Divided Democracy in the Age of Social Media, for Washington Monthly.

Brazilians are losing faith in democracy and considering a return to military rule

Chayenne Polimedio broke down a study showing that fewer Brazilians support on Vox's Polyarchy, explaining why that is happening and why it'

Brazil Has a Donald Trump, and His Chances at the Presidency Are Looking Better Every Day

Chayenne Polimedio wrote for Quartz about Brazil's presidential elections.

Mind the Populist Gap

Moving away from the politics of division will require providing people with the tools to see how intertwined their fates really are.

50 State Solution

This project is a platform for exploring a wide variety of reforms at the state and local level across the United States.

Changing the Law Is Only the Beginning: A Lesson from Brazil

As the story of Maria da Penha shows us, we need to radically expand how we think about sexual violence.

Brazil Is Cracking Down on Corruption—Finally

Over the past few years, Brazilians have finally started facing down the fact that corruption can't be a fixture of their democracy.

Our Expectations of What Civic Engagement Looks Like Don't Match Reality. Can We Fix That?

Chayenne Polimedio wrote for Vox’s Polyarchy about Americans’ expectations for civic engagement.

Protecting Liberal Democracy During Trump’s Presidency

Explore the resources and coalitions civil society organizations must utilize to defend liberal democratic institutions against attack.

Worried About Trump? Learn From Latin American Resilience

The rise of Trump is easy to comprehend for people in Latin America—thanks to decades of unpredictable politics and economics.