Leonardo Barros Soares holds a bachelor degree in Psychology (Universidade Federal do Ceará, 2008), a master on Political Science (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, 2013) and is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the same institution in Brazil. He is an active member of the Projeto Democracia Participativa (Participatory Democracy Project – PRODEP/UFMG). His interests focus on studies of the local power, Indigenous policies, comparative studies, Latin American studies, and Native land claims. He is currently working on a cross-national comparison of the role Indigenous participation in land claims recognition policies in Brazil and Canada. He was awarded with several scholarships from the Deutscher Akademisher Austauschdienst (DAAD/Germany) and was granted in 2015 with an award from the Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP/Canada), spending his time at the Centre de recherche sur les politiques et le développement social (CPDS) at the Université de Montréal.