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Marcelo Leal

Professional Title: 

Graduate Student




Office Hours: 

Thursday, 2 – 4 p.m. ET, and by appointment at


M.A., Political Science (2015) / B.A., History (2011) - Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS)


I am currently a PhD student in Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a research assistant at the National Center for Digital Government. My research interests lie primarily in the field of cybersecurity, particularly in global and national policies toward cyberspace. Broadly defined, my research explores why states pursue specific cybersecurity policies and how they try to exercise power in cyberspace. In some of my recent works I have explored the importance of the physical layer of cyberspace in wartime, the use of social networks during collective mobilization, and the disputes over data protection in the debates of the Brazilian Civil Rights Framework for the Internet. Currently, I am working on a research about public attitudes toward cybersecurity threats.