William Mello was raised in Brazil where he participated in the student and later the labor movement, as an activist in the metalworkers union. After moving to the United States, he worked as an ironworker and was active in his local union, holding various leadership positions. He received a BA in Historical Studies from Empire State College, State University of New York – SUNY(1996), an MA (1998) and PhD (2003) in Historical Studies and Political Science from the Graduate Faculty-New School for Social Research. He has published articles and book chapters both in the US and in Brazil, exploring labor organizing, globalization, education and working class political participation. His published books and edited volumes are, New York Longshoremen, Class and Power on the Docks (University of Florida Press, 2010); Trabalhadores, Novas Perspectivas e Comparações, William Mello and M. Thantabantu EDUECE, Brazil (2010); História e Memória, Cultura e Oralidade, Volume I, William Mello, Zilda Lima and Altemar da Costa Muniz Ed. EDUECE, Brazil (2014); Legionários: “Galhinhas Verdes” e os Trabalhadores no Brasil (1931-1937), , William Mello Ed. EDUECE, Brazil (2016); História e Memória, Culturas e Oralidade, Volume II, William Mello, Zilda Lima and Altemar da Costa Muniz, EDUECE, Brazil, (2016), História e Memória, Culturas e Oralidade, Volume III, William Mello, Zilda Lima, Altemar da Costa Muniz and Silvia Siquiera, Ed. EDUECE, Brazil, (2019). He has a forthcoming article, (2021) Poverty and Politics: Bolsonaro, neoliberalism’s authoritarian alternative and the ongoing assault on democracy in Brazil.He is currently writing a book that explores the problems of class, democracy and inequality in Brazil with the working title Workers and the Struggle for Democracy in Brazil (for 2022). He was responsible for the organization of the Labor Studies International Program Brazil, Conflict and Social Justice, (2004-2008). He is an affilaiate faculty member of Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and the Program in Brazilian Studies at Indiana University (2017 to present).