Dr. Maureen Donaghy’s research and teaching interests focus on development and civil society with an emphasis on participatory governance, urban politics and Latin America. Specifically, she has conducted extensive research in Brazil on the effect of participatory institutions related to housing policy. She is the author of Civil Society and Participatory Governance: Municipal Councils and Social Housing Programs in Brazil (2013, Routledge Press) and she has published articles in both comparative politics and Latin American studies journals.

Currently, Dr. Donaghy is working on a project titled “Democratizing Urban Development: Community Mobilization and Displacement in Cities in the United States and Brazil,” in which she examines the impact of civil society strategies aimed at securing benefits and rights for low-income communities undergoing gentrification and megaevent development.

At Rutgers University in Camden Dr. Donaghy teaches courses related to international economic development and poverty alleviation in the School of Public Policy and Administration and comparative politics, development policy, and Latin American politics in the Department of Political Science.