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.

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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.

And Now for Some Good News about America

Chayenne Polimédio argues it's those involved in bettering their own communities who are making America—well, you know.

You Say You Want a Revolution

But, according to a new paper by Lee Drutman, what you should really want is reform. Chayenne Polimédio explains.

How a Hot Romance Between Evangelicals and Climate Activists Cooled

Chayenne Polimédio looks at why evangelicals and climate change activists weren't able to come together to spread the gospel of climate chan

American Election Exceptionalism

Chayenne Polimédio is from Brazil—and, after the third GOP debate, has this to say about exactly how insane this election cycle looks to for

How a Congressional Coalition Worked Together without Compromising

Members of Congress can barely avoid a government shutdown, so how did they manage to agree to cut Pentagon spending? Chayenne Polimédio exp