Officers (2016-2018)


Bryan McCann

Bryan McCann
Department of History
Georgetown University

Bryan McCann is an Associate Professor of Brazilian History at Georgetown University. His most recent work, Hard Times in the Marvelous City: From Dictatorship to Democracy in the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro (Duke, 2013) explores the political relationship between Rio’s favelas and municipal and state government. His previous works analyze radio and popular music in Brazil from the 1930s through the ’50s, and the dominant themes in Brazilian culture and politics since redemocratization.


Vice President




Gladys Mitchell-Walthour
Department of Africology
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee

Dr. Gladys Mitchell-Walthour is a Political Scientist specializing in Brazilian racial politics. Her work examines Afro-Brazilian political behavior, affirmative action, and racial inequality. Her book “he Politics of Blackness: Theorizing Racial Identity and Political Opinion in Contemporary Brazil” is under contract at Cambridge University Press. She is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy in the Department of Africology at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. She was the 2013-2014 Lemann Visiting Scholar at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University. She co-edited the book, Race and the Politics of Knowledge Production Diaspora and Black Transnational Scholarship in the United States and Brazil (2016) with Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman, Brazil’s New Racial Politics (2010), with Bernd Reiter, and has published articles in Racial and Ethnic Studies (2010),The National Political Science Review (2011), Latin American Politics and Society (2009), Opiniao Publica(2009), Review of Black Political Economy (2009), and Studies in Latin American Popular Culture (2008). She has received Postdoctoral Fellowships at Duke University and Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Mitchell-Walthour holds the MA and PhD in Political Science from the University of Chicago, the Master of Public Policy from the University of Michigan, and a BA in Political Science and African & African-American Studies from Duke University.


Former President

Jan Hoffman French

Jan Hoffman French
Department of Anthropology
University of Richmond

(Ph.D. Cultural Anthropology, Duke University; J.D. University of Connecticut School of Law) Jan is Assoctiate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Richmond. She has held postdoctoral fellowships at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at Notre Dame, Northwestern University, and the University of Maryland, College Park. French has published articles in American Ethnologist, American Anthropologist, The Americas, and Political and Legal Anthropology Review. Her book, Legalizing Identities: Becoming Black or Indian in Northeastern Brazil was published by University of North Carolina Press in Spring 2009. Before becoming an anthropologist, French practiced law.

Executive Committee

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Amy Nunn

Amy Nunn is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and an Assistant Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Brown University School of Public Health. She holds Masters and Doctoral degrees from the Harvard School of Public Health and speaks fluent Portuguese. 

Amy has dedicated much of her academic career to studying public health policy in Brazil, including historical development and evolution of Brazil’s decentralized health system (SUS), access to generic medications, and Brazil’s world-renowned AIDS program. Her book The Politics and History of AIDS Treatment in Brazil, was published by Springer in 2009 and explores how and why Brazil was the first developing country to provide people living with HIV life saving-treatment. It also explores how Brazil produced generic AIDS medicines locally, challenged pharmaceutical companies about exorbitant drug prices, and helped shape and change global health policy related to HIV/AIDS and access to essential medicines. Her book’s foreword was written by Brazilian President Fernando Cardoso.


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Christopher Dunn

Christopher Dunn received his Ph.D. in Luso-Brazilian Studies from Brown University in 1996, the same year he joined the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Tulane University. He holds a joint appointment with the African and African Diaspora Studies Program and is a core member of the Stone Center for Latin American Studies. 

His research focuses on cultural politics during the period of the dictatorship, national and regional discourse, popular music, race relations, and black culture in Brazil. He is the author of Brutality Garden: Tropicália and the Emergence of a Brazilian Counterculture (University of North Carolina Press, 2001). He is co-editor with Charles Perrone of Brazilian Popular Music and Globalization (Routledge, 2001) and co-editor with Idelber Avelar of Brazilian Popular Music and Citizenship (Duke UP, 2011)


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Edie Wolfe

Edie Wolfe is an Administrative Assistant Professor at Tulane University and Assistant Director of the Stone Center for Latin American Studies, an active Title VI Center. She has a PhD in art history, specializing in twentieth-century Latin America.

Her research focuses on Brazilian modern art and visual culture in the first half of the twentieth century, focusing on questions of nationalism and cosmopolitanism and how Brazilians defined and performed modernity. She has published peer-reviewed articles on Lasar Segall and Vicente do Rego Monteiro, as well as authored numerous catalogue and encyclopedia entries on art and artists from the Baroque to the present. Currently, she is completing a book manuscript on Lasar Segall that rethinks contemporary questions of the influence of globalization on art and identity from the perspective of Brazil in the 1920s.


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Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman

Dr. Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman is an Assistant Professor of Sociology with a joint appointment in the Institute for the Study of Latin America and the Caribbean at The University of South Florida, Tampa. She received her B.A in Biological Sciences and Spanish from Cornell University (2001), and completed her M.A. (2008) and Ph.D. in Sociology from Duke University in 2012. She is also Director of the USF in Brazil Program and organized the inaugural USF in Brazil program in Salvador in summer 2013. She lived in Brazil for over a year conducting research and is currently working on a book based on her research entitled, Home is Where the Hurt Is: Racial Stigma and Socialization in Afro-Brazilian Families. Her research interests include race & ethnicity, social psychology, gender, beauty/aesthetics, and socialization.


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Victoria Langland

Victoria Langland holds a joint position in History and Romance Languages and Literatures. She specializes in twentieth-century Latin American history, especially the Southern Cone, and writes about dictatorships, gender, the uses of memory, student and other social movements, and, more generally, the intersections of culture and power. She is the author of Speaking of Flowers: Student Movements and the Making and Remembering of 1968 in Military Brazil (Duke University Press, 2013) and the co-editor of Monumentos, Memoriales y Marcas Territoriales (Siglo XXI, 2003). She also co-edits the journal The Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics and Culture and is co-editing an updated version of The Brazil Reader: History, Culture, Politics (under contract, Duke University Press). Langland currently has two ongoing research projects. One examines the construction and development of several model communities in Rio de Janeiro via the Alliance for Progress in order to explore the flow of transnational ideas about the urban poor and their material impact. The other is a history of breastfeeding in Brazil that looks at how cultural understandings, public policies, formula marketing and other factors have transformed popular beliefs and practices about infant nutrition and women’s bodies over time. Before coming to the University of Michigan, she was on the faculty at the University of California, Davis and at Lafayette College.


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Ana Lucia Araujo

Ana Lucia Araujo is a social and cultural historian. Her work explores the history and the memory of the Atlantic slave trade and slavery and their social and cultural legacies. In the last fifteen years, she authored and edited over ten books and published nearly fifty articles and chapters on these themes. With a focus on Brazil, her work also carries a transnational dimension. She conducted archival research and fieldwork in Republic of Benin, Canada, England, France, and the United States. Her single-authored books are Brazil Through French Eyes: A Nineteenth-Century Artist in the Tropics (2015), Shadows of the Slave Past: Memory, Heritage and Slavery (2014), Public Memory of Slavery: Victims and Perpetrators in the South Atlantic (2010) and Romantisme tropical: l’aventure illustrée d’un peintre français au Brésil. Her book Reparations for Slavery and the Slave Trade: A Transnational and Comparative History is forthcoming in 2017. Currently, Ana Lucia Araujo is a full professor in the Department of History in the historically black Howard University in Washington DC in the United States, where she teaches courses on history of Brazil, history of Latin America, slavery and the Atlantic slave trade.


Sidney Chalhoub

I taught history at the University of Campinas (UNICAMP, Brazil) for thirty years before moving to Harvard in July 2015. I published three books on the social history of Rio de Janeiro: Trabalho, lar e botequim (1986), on working-class culture in the early twentieth century; Visões da liberdade (1990), on the last decades of slavery in the city; and Cidade febril (1996), on tenements and epidemics in the second half of the nineteenth century. I also wrote Machado de Assis, historiador (2003), about the literature and political ideas of the most important nineteenth-century Brazilian novelist, and co-edited six other books on the social history of Brazil. My most recent monograph is A força da escravidão: ilegalidade e costume no Brasil oitocentista (2012), on illegal enslavement and the precariousness of freedom in nineteenth-century Brazil. I have been a Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan (1995, 1999, 2004), a Tinker Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago (2007), and a research fellow at Stanford University (2010-11) and in the International Research Center “Work and Human Lifecycle in Global History” (Re:work) at Humbold Universität, Berlin (2013). I’m a founder of and remain associated with the Centro de Pesquisa em História Social da Cultura (CECULT), University of Campinas ( I’m very proud of each one of the 25 graduate students who have concluded their dissertations under my supervision at UNICAMP and who now teach at Brazilian universities spread all over the country.


Tracy Devine Guzman

Tracy Devine Guzmán is Associate Professor of Latin American Studies and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at the University of Miami. Her research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of intellectual and cultural history, social and political theory, philosophy, and cultural production, especially in Brazil and the Andes. She won the 2006 prize of LASA’s Brazil Section for her essay, “Diacuí killed Iracema: Indigenism, Nationalism and the Struggle for Brazilianness,” and the 2010 José María Arguedas Prize of LASA’s Peru Section for her article, “Rimanakuy ’86 and other Fictions of National Dialogue.” Her monograph, Native and National in Brazil: Indigeneity after Independence (University of North Carolina Press) was awarded Honorable Mention for the 2014 LASA Brazil Section Book Prize. Devine Guzmán’s current project, “Transcontinental Indigeneities: Americas and the Global South,” is a comparative intellectual history that traces the flow of racialized ideas and Native/non-Native notions of indigeneity across the Americas and into the global South through overlapping realms of state and regional policy, academic discourse, institutional memory, and cultural production.  A selection of her work is available at:


Marcelo Paixão

I am an Associate Professor of The University of Texas at Austin working at African and African Diaspora Studies (AADS) and Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS). Previously, between 1999 and 2015, I was a Professor at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Economic Institute. I am currently a member of the Brazil Center linked to LLILAS at UT Austin. Along with other members of the Brazil Center, I am making efforts to hold the 2020 BRASA Congress in Austin.  My field of research is focused on the ethnic and racial inequality dynamic in Brazil. It includes analysis based on demographic indicators and studies on development and public policies as well.

I am Brazilian. Economist majored by UFRJ and PhD in Sociology by Research University Institute of Rio de Janeiro (IUPERJ). Between 2012 and 2013 I was a Visiting Professor at Princeton University where I worked on the Project Ethnicity and Race in Latin America (PERLA) coordinated by Prof. Edward Telles. I published several articles and books about racial relations and racial inequality in Brazil. Some of the most important are: “Desenvolvimento Humano e Relações Raciais”; the two editions of “Relatório Anual das Desigualdades Raciais no Brasil” (Ed. Garamond, in 2008 and 2011); and “A Lenda da Modernidade Encantada: por uma crítica ao pensamento social brasileiro sobre relações raciais e projeto de Estado-Nação” (Ed CRV, 2014). More recently, in 2016, he launched the book, “500 años de soledad: estudios sobre las desigualdades raciales en Brasil”, 2016, Ed Universidad Nacional de Colombia.


Amilcar Pereira

Amílcar Pereira

Amilcar Pereira is an Associate Professor of History Education at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). He has a PhD in History from the Federal Fluminense University (UFF) and during the academic year of 2015-16 he was a Fulbright-Capes Visiting Scholar at the Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS) of the Columbia University in New York. He has developed research on race relations in Brazil and in different national contexts, on the histories of anti-racist struggles in the African diaspora and on the teaching of black movements’ histories in Brazil and in the US. He is the author of the book O mundo negro: relações raciais e a constituição do movimento negro no Brasil (2013) and coeditor of the books Histórias do movimento negro no Brasil (with Verena Alberti, 2007), Ensino de História e Culturas Afro-Brasileiras e Indígenas (with Ana Maria Monteiro, 2013), and Educação e Diversidade em Diferentes Contextos (with Warley da Costa, 2015), among other texts.


Vivaldo Santos

Vivaldo Santos is an associate professor, director of the Portuguese program, director of undergraduate studies for Spanish in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and a member of the Latin America Initiative Faculty Committee. He joined the Georgetown faculty in 1999.

International activities include:

Author of two books (in Portuguese) and 15 journal or book articles (in Portuguese and in English); research projects include “Scenes of the Capital,” the intersection of economics and literature in Luso-Brazilian literature, contemporary Brazilian literature (twenty-first century Brazilian fiction), and “O ABC do Português,” focusing on the teaching and learning of Portuguese language in Brazilian immigrant communities; and other areas of research and expertise include nineteenth and twentieth century Brazilian literature, avant-garde poetry, Carlos Drummond de Andrade, Brazilian popular music, Brazilian cinema, and literary theory.


Dan Sharp

Here at Tulane University, I am an Associate Professor of ethnomusicology and an affiliated faculty member at the Stone Center for Latin American Studies. I focus my ethnographic research in Brazil on the small city of Arcoverde on the edge of the Pernambucan sertão. My recent book, Between Nostalgia and Apocalypse: Popular Music and the Staging of Brazil, explores how festivals, museums, television, and tourism steep musicians’ performances in national-cultural nostalgia. It also chronicles how musicians such as the members of the band Cordel do Fogo Encantado perform as folkloric culture bearers while seeking to move their musical performances into a more iconoclastic, even apocalyptic register.


Brown Secretariat

James Green

James Green
Department of History
Brown University

James N. Green is Professor of History and Brazilian Studies at Brown University. He is the author of the award-winning books Beyond Carnival: Male Homosexuality in Twentieth-Century Brazil (University of Chicago Press, 1999; Editora da UNESP, 2000) and We Cannot Remain Silent: Opposition to the Brazilian Military Dictatorship in the United States(Companhia das Letras, 2009; Duke University Press, 2010), several other Portuguese-language edited collections, and numerous articles about gender, sexuality, and politics in Brazil. He is co-editor with Thomas E. Skidmore and Peter T. Smith of Modern Latin America(Oxford University Press, 8th edition), and lead co-editor with Victoria Langland and Lilia Schwarcz of The Brazil Reader: History, Politics, Culture(Duke University Press, forthcoming). He is currently working on a biography of Herbert Daniel (1946-92), a Brazilian medical student turned guerrilla fighter, political exile, writer, and AIDS activist. Green served as President of BRASA from 2002-2004 and the Chair of the Conference on the Future of Brazilian Studies in the United States held at Brown University in 2005.

James N. Green is also the Director of the Brazil Initiative at Brown University and the Executive Director of the Secretariat of BRASA.


Ramon Stern
Administrative Director, Brazil Initiative at Brown University and BRASA
Brown University

Ramon Stern is the Administrative Director of both the Brazil Initiative at Brown University and the BRASA Secretariat. He is also a Brown alum and has a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Michigan Ann-Arbor.

Graduate Student Representative


Lidiana de Moraes

Lidiana de Moraes is a graduate student of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Miami. Her research interests range from subaltern studies (focused on gender, race, and ethnicity), cinema and media studies, second language acquisition and sociolinguistics. Lidiana has published on the following topics: postcolonialism, translation studies, and contemporary Luso-Brazilian literatures.