Chayenne Polimédio

Research Associate, Political Reform Program

Chayenne Polimédio is a research associate in the Political Reform program at New America. She writes about American democracy and issues of representation, participation, and polarization, as well as about Brazilian politics and identity. 

Prior to working at New America, she was a Junior Fellow with the Democracy and Rule of Law program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in D.C. There, she wrote about and researched systematic corruption as a threat to national security, perceptions of inequality and their correlation to insurgent behavior, and the rule of law trajectory in countries such as Georgia, India, Colombia, Italy, and Nigeria. Prior to Carnegie, Polimédio worked for the United Nations Population Fund in New York and the Greek Consulate in Brazil. Originally from São Paulo, Polimédio is an honors graduate of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne where she studied Political Science.

All Work

Only More Democracy Can Save Democracy

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

Democracy: A Contested American Value

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

Shadow Courts: The Tribunals that Rule Global Trade

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

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.

The Government That Governs Best Governs

Chayenne Polimédio revisits an age when Americans weren’t allergic to the idea of good government.

Good News from Bad News for Brazil

Brazil’s political leadership is embroiled in economically deleterious scandal. Chayenne Polimédio says that’s a good thing.