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, The Atlantic, 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

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.

Only More Democracy Can Save Democracy

What if the solution to the crisis of American democracy was actually more democracy?

Shadow Courts: The Tribunals that Rule Global Trade

Haley Sweetland Edwards and Todd Tucker discuss what trade agreements look like in the 21st century.

Democracy: A Contested American Value

There is a difference worth discussing between America's and Americans' understandings of democracy, says Chayenne Polimédio.

The Rise of An Anti-Democracy Agenda

Please join New America's Political Reform program and EveryVoice for a conversation with Tova Wang, Zachary Roth, and Maria Johnson-Blanco

Rousseff is Out. Are All Brazilian Women Out, Too?

Chayenne Polimédio writes on what the impeachment of Brazil's first woman president means for all other Brazilian women.

Do D’s and R’s Matter More than X’s and Y’s?

A popular narrative says gender plays a starring role in candidates' success. A new study suggests otherwise. Chayenne Polimédio explores.

1968 Called. It Wants Its Election Back.

The 2016 election might not be as, ahem, unique as it seems. Chayenne Polimédio explains.

How Conservatives and Progressives Will Work Together Next Year

Yes, you read that headline correctly. Chayenne Polimédio explains how the transpartisan model promises to unlock American gridlock.

Can Transpartisan Coalitions Overcome Polarization?

We studied the successes and failures of an emerging approach to policy change.

Here's What's Going on in Brazil Right Now

We need to understand Brazil’s political past and present to be able to forecast its future, says Chayenne Polimédio.