BRASA History


BRASA was formally launched during the 1992 Conference of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) in Los Angeles, California. At that meeting some thirty to forty scholars came together and resolved to form an association that would both promote Brazilian studies and continue to build strong links between those who study Brazil and other parts of Latin America.

The First International Conference (BRASA I) was held in Atlanta, Georgia in conjunction with LASA in March 1994. A constitution and by-laws were adopted, an Executive Committee elected, and a Secretariat designated at the University of New Mexico. Founding members Jon M. Tolman and Roberto Reis, were elected as the Association’s first President and Vice-President, respectively, and Edward A. Riedinger was elected Secretary.

The second international Conference (BRASA II) was held at the University of Minnesota (May 11-13, 1995), BRASA III took place at King’s College, Cambridge University (September 7-10, 1996), BRASA IV in Washington, D.C. (November 12-15, 1997), BRASA V in Recife, Pernambuco (June 18-21, 2000), BRASA VI in Atlanta, Georgia (April 3-5, 2002), and BRASA VII was at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica in Rio de Janeiro (June 9-12, 2004). The Eighth International Congress (BRASA VIII) was hosted by Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee (October 13-16, 2006). The Ninth International Conference took place at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana (March 27-29, 2008), and the Tenth International Conference was held in Brasília (22-24 July). The Eleventh International Conference (BRASA XI) was held at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 6-8 September 2012. The Twelfth International Conference (BRASA XII) was held in London (August 20-23, 2014). The Thirteenth International Conference (BRASA XIII) was held at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island (March 31 – April 2, 2016).

The Fourteenth International Conference (BRASA XIV) will be held at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica in Rio de Janeiro (July 25-28, 2018).

Past Presidents of BRASA


Anthony Pereira
Social Science & Public Policy
King’s College London
2014-2016

Jan Hoffman French
Department of Sociology & Anthropology
University of Richmond
2012-2014

Randal Johnson
Department of Spanish & Portuguese
University of California, Los Angeles
2010-2012

Peggy Sharpe
Department of Modern Languages & Linguistics
Florida State University
2008-2010

Kenneth P. Serbin
Department of History
University of San Diego
2006-2008

Timothy J. Power
St. Cross College
University of Oxford
2004-2006

James N. Green
Department of History
Brown University
2002-2004

Susan Quinlan
Department of Romance Languages
University of Georgia
2000-2002

Dain Borges
Department of History
University of Chicago
1998-2000

Elizabeth Kuznesof
Department of History
University of Kansas
1996-1998

Jon M. Tolman
Department of Spanish and Portuguese
University of New Mexico
1994-1996

Past Executive Members (1994-2014)


(2010 – 2014)
Bryan McCann, Georgetown University
James N. Green, Brown University
Marianne Schmink, University of Florida
Sônia Ranincheski, Universidade de Brasília
Vânia Penha-Lopes, Bloomfield College

(2008 – 2012)
Cristina Ferreira Pinto-Bailey, Washington & Lee University
Elizabeth Kiddy, Albright College
Judy Bieber, University of New Mexico
Maxine Margolis, University of Florida
Paulo Roberto de Almeida, Ministro das Relações Exteriores
Peggy Sharpe, Florida State University

(2006 – 2010)
Biorn Maybury-Lewis, University of Massachusetts, Boston
Jan Hoffman French, University of Richmond
Kathryn Hochstetler, University of Waterloo
Maria José Somerlate Barbosa, University of Iowa
Peter Beattie, Michigan State University

(2004 – 2008)
Cecília Santos, University of San Francisco
Celso Castro, Fundação Getúlio Vargas
Emanuelle Oliveira, Vanderbilt University
Jerry Dávila, University of North Carolina, Charlotte
Maxine Margolis, University of Florida
Steve Butterman, University of Miami
William C. Smith, University of Miami

(2002 – 2004)
Anthony Pereira, Tulane University
Christopher Dunn, Tulane University
Eduardo Gomes, Universidade Federal Fluminense
Janet Chernela, University of Maryland
Jeffrey Lesser, Emory University
Luiz F. Valente, Brown University
Luiz Roberto Velloso Cairo, Universidade Estadual de São Paulo
Marshall C. Eakin, Vanderbilt University
Marta Higgins, University of Maryland
Severino Albuquerque, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Tânia Franco Carvalhal, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul

Previous Members (1994 – 2002)
Anthony Pereira, Tulane University
Christopher Dunn, Tulane University
Donald Ramos, Cleveland State University
Eduardo Gomes, Universidade Federal Fluminense
Edward A. Riedinger, Ohio State University
Elizabeth Kuznesof, University of Kansas
Eni de Mesquita Samara, Universidade de São Paulo
Jeffrey Lesser, Emory University
Kathryn Hochstetler, Colorado State University
Leigh Ann Payne, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Linda Rabben, Amnesty International
Luiz F. Valente, Brown University
Luiz Roberto Velloso Cairo, Universidade Estadual de São Paulo-Assis
James N. Green, California State University, Long Beach
Janet Chernela, Florida International University
Marshall C. Eakin, Vanderbilt University
Marta Higgins, University of Maryland
Ricardo Paiva, Independent Scholar
Severino Albuquerque, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Susan Quinlan, University of Georgia
Tânia Franco Carvalhal, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
Ted Hewitt, University of Western Ontario
Thomas M. Stephens, Rutgers University, New Brunswick
Wayne A. Selcher, Elizabethtown College

Alternates (1994 – 2008)

Brian Godfrey, Vasser College
Clémence Jouët-Pastré, Harvard University
Dalila de Sousa Sheppard, Spelman College
David McCreary, Georgia State University
Ed Amman, University of Manchester
João Roberto Martins Filho, Universidade Federal de São Carlos
Maria Luiza Falcão, Universidade de Brasília
Mark Lokensgard, St. Mary’s University
Raul Reis, California State University, Long Beach
Tom Trebat, Columbia University
Wendy Hunter, University of Texas at Austin