João Almino is a Brazilian diplomat and author. Born in 1950, he was Consul General of Brazil in San Francisco, Lisbon and Miami, Deputy Chief of Mission in London and Director of Instituto Rio Branco (the Brazilian Diplomatic School). An Ambassador, he is presently the Consul General of Brazil in Chicago He is the author of five novels. His work in political science and philosophy has been a reference for the study of authoritarianism and democracy in Brazil. He has also authored books in literary criticism. He obtained his Doctor degree in Paris under the direction of philosopher Claude Lefort. He taught at the Autonomous National University of Mexico (UNAM), at the University of Brasília (UnB), the Instituto Rio Branco, Berkeley, Stanford and the University of Chicago.