Daniel M. Brinks
Political scientist specialized in comparative politics and public law in Latin America.
Daniel Brinks is Associate Professor of Government, in the fields of Comparative Politics and Public Law, at the Department of Government at the University of Texas, Austen. Dan's research focuses on the role of the law and courts in supporting or extending human rights and many of the basic rights associated with democracy, with a primary regional interest in Latin America. He is currently at work on a project that examines constitutional change in Latin America since about 1975, focusing especially on judicial institutions and constitutional review. Other recent projects address the use of courts and law to enforce social and economic rights in the developing world, the development of the rule of law in Latin America, the judicial response to police violence in Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay, judicial independence, and the role of informal norms in the legal order. He is also interested in the study of democracy more generally, and has written on the classification of regimes in Latin America, and on the global diffusion of democracy. Prof. Brinks was born and raised in Argentina and practiced law in the United States for nearly ten years before turning to academia.