Born and raised in São Paulo (Brazil), Lucas de Souza Martins is currently a Graduate School Fellow at Temple University where he is pursuing his PhD in Diplomatic History. His research is focused on the relationship between the United States and Latin America during the Cold War. Martins has also explored Brazil's transition to democracy in the late 1980s and Colombia's constituent process in 1991.

Prior to joining Temple, he received the Carter Center's Robert and Margaret Pastor Graduate Assistant Fellowship as he supported this organization in its electoral expert mission in Bogotá, Colombia last year. Previously, Martins had obtained a master's degree in American History from Georgia State University and worked as an International Affairs Aide at the Georgia State House of Representatives.

In his home country, from 2015 to 2019, he was a press officer at the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the country's Federal Senate. Currently, Lucas holds regular classes on African American History at Zumbi dos Palmares University, a historic Brazilian HBCU, and Getúlio Vargas Foundation - both located in São Paulo. He has also provided commentary on political issues in the United States and Latin America to major media outlets, such as CNN Brasil and Radio France Internationale (RFI).

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Alan McPherson
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