Iana is a Ph.D. Candidate in Public Administration and Government at Fundação Getulio Vargas’s Sao Paulo School of Business Administration (FGV EAESP), and received an MA and BA in Political Science from the Institute of Political Science, University of Brasilia (UnB). In her Ph.D. dissertation, she investigates the multiple roles of top-level bureaucrats in executive governance in multiparty presidential systems. Her research interests are executive governance, bureaucracy, political elites, political appointments, public organizations, public policy, and research methodology (emphasis on qualitative research).
She is a researcher at the Center for Politics and Economics in the Public Sector Studies (CEPESP - FGV) and the Bureaucracy Studies Center (NEB - FGV). She also collaborates as a researcher for Brazilian governmental agencies – the National School of Public Administration (Enap) and the Institute for Applied Economic Research (Ipea). She has worked as a lecturer in Public Administration at FGV EAESP and as a consultant for the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC/UN) on bureaucratic politics. She was a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies (CILAS) - University of California, San Diego, during the 2017-2018 academic year.