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Karl Schneider, International Relations and Economics

Karl Schneider is a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant at Universidade Estadual Norte do Parana (UENP) in Brazil. Schneider graduated with dual degrees in International Relations and Economics from Michigan State University in 2017. During the 2015-2016 school year, he participated as a FLAS scholar focusing on the study of Portuguese and Brazil, taking coursework in International Development and advanced Portuguese classes.
 
This experience as a FLAS fellow, previously as a study abroad participant and more broadly with his coursework on Latin America inspired Schneider to apply as a Fulbright ETA in Brazil following graduation. In Brazil, Schneider uses his Portuguese skills and context focused on the economics and politics of the regions that he gained from the university.

During his time at Michigan State, Schneider also worked as a Research Assistant on a National Science Foundation project focusing on bioenergy development in the Amazon and four other American countries. He wrote his thesis focusing on Latin American development banks and the expansion of Southern financial institutions.

His daily responsibilities at UENP include giving cultural lectures on the United States, developing institutional activities with the International Center, working with students on English grammar, speaking, and listening, and designing relevant discussion topics. Additionally, Schneider works on research primarily with Economics Professors at UENP. His research includes projects on the impact of Lavo Jato on the Brazilian stock market, continuing his thesis work, and a comparative analysis of American and Brazil state debt.
Following the conclusion of the Fulbright grant, Schneider will return to Washington D.C., where he works as a Research Assistant for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. His portfolio there includes issues of small business lending, lending discrimination, and regulatory burden on financial institutions. He hopes to eventually attend graduate school in either political science or criminal justice, focusing on international issues of political economy, emerging markets, and trade.

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