Marcos Alan S. V. Ferreira is an Associate Professor in the Department of International Relations at Federal University of Paraiba - UFPB (João Pessoa, Brazil), currently also developing research as Visiting Research Fellow at Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Also, he is a Visiting Professor at Master's in Social Development at University Nur (Bolivia). He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Unicamp, Brazil). He was a Visiting Researcher at University of Manchester, at Uppsala University and at Universität Vechta. Member of Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime (GI-TOC, Switzerland) and Urban Violence Research Network (UVRN, United Kingdom).
His articles have been published in top journals, including the International Studies Perspectives, Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, Latin American Research Review, Trends in Organized Crime, Journal of Politics in Latin America, Journal of Political Science Education and International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice.
Currently his research is focused on the impacts of organized crime and state violence on peace in Brazil and South America.