Christopher Gibson is an Assistant Professor at Simon Fraser University’s School for International Studies. His teaching and mixed-methods research examine relationships between civil society mobilization, democratic politics, and social development outcomes in the world’s three most populous, developing world democracies: Brazil, India, and Indonesia. His research has appeared in sociological and international studies journals such as American Sociological Review and Studies in Comparative International Development. In his book manuscript and ongoing work, Gibson uses comparative-historical analysis to examine how left parties and health activists from the Sanitary Movement (sanitaristas) in urban Brazil transformed the constitutional right to universal public health care into on-the-ground realities after 1988.

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