Officers (2018-2020)






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 “The 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.

Vice President


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.


Former President

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.


Executive Committee


Ana Lucia Araujo

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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.


Inês Dourado, UFBA, Saúde Pública


Dr. Inês Dourado – is a full professor and researcher at the Health Collective Institute (Instituto de Saúde Coletiva) of the Federal University of Bahia, Northeast Brazil. The Health Collective Institute or Instituto de Saúde Coletiva is a leading academic Institution in graduate programs in public health and has the highest evaluation score from the Brazil CAPES (Brazilian Federal Agency for the Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education of the Ministry of Education) in the Northeast Region and among other 3 Programs in the country. She is a physician, with masters in public health from University of Massachusetts, and a PhD in epidemiology from the School of Public Health, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Dourado teaches epidemiology to undergraduates as well as graduate-level courses in epidemiological methods. Her research is on epidemiology of infectious diseases specifically on HIV/AIDS. She has been extensively involved in the study of human retrovirus (HIV and HTLV) epidemiology and prevention in Brazil.

She was a visiting professor at NYU Master´s Program in Public Health (2010-2011) and is currently an Adjunct Professor at Brown University School of Public Health where she was a visiting professor during first semester of 2015 as part of the Cátedra CAPES-Brown Program of CAPES (highly regarded Program for senior researchers in Brazil) and The Brazil Initiative at Brown University. She has published extensively, documenting her long-term commitment towards improving the health of those most at high risk for HIV.


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:


Leila Lehnen, Associate Professor of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies at Brown University.


Leila Lehnen is Associate professor of Portuguese and Latin American literature. She specializes in contemporary Brazilian and Spanish American literature. Her thematic areas of research include the representation of citizenship, human rights, social justice and democracy in literary and cultural production. Her book Citizenship and Crisis in Contemporary Brazilian Literature (Palgrave Macmillan 2013) examines the portrayal and critique of differentiated citizenship (Holston 2008) in contemporary Brazilian literature. She has published articles on citizenship, social justice and human rights in Brazilian and Spanish American literature, among other topics. Currently, she is working on a book on democracy and contemporary Brazilian literature. Leila has served as the American Portuguese Studies Association secretary, vice-president and is currently the Association’s president-elect. She has also served in the BRASA conference selection committee (2015, 2012 and 2006) and in the Selection Committee Jon M. Tolman Award (2014 and 2016). If elected to the Executive Committee, Leila would like to foment the continuing emphasis on literary and cultural studies in dialogue with the social sciences within the association.


Marcia Lima, Sociology, USP


Márcia Lima is Professor at the Department of Sociology, University of São Paulo and a senior researcher at CEBRAP [Brazilian Center for Analysis and Planning].

In 2016-2017, she was fellow at Afro-Latin American Research Institute/Hutchins Center for African & African American Research – Harvard University. In 2011-2012, she did her postdoc stage at Columbia University. Her experience is within the field of Sociology, with a research focus on racial inequality studies. She has published and supervised students in the following areas: labor market, educational trajectories, race and gender inequalities, and affirmative action policies in Brazil.


Tianna Paschel, African American Studies, Berkeley


My name is Tianna Paschel and I am an assistant professor of African American Studies at the University of California – Berkeley. I am interested in the intersection of racial ideology, politics, and globalization in Latin America. My work can be found in the American Journal of Sociologythe Du Bois ReviewSOULS: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society, and Ethnic and Racial Studies. I am the author of Becoming Black Political Subjects: Movements and Ethno-Racial Rights in Colombia and Brazil, which draws on ethnographic and archival methods to explore the shift in the 1990s from ideas of unmarked universal citizenship to multicultural citizenship regimes and the recognition of specific rights for black populations by Latin American states. I look forward to the opportunity to becoming more active in BRASA through the executive Council. In this position, I would bring my passion for thinking about Brazilian Studies through the lens of comparative and transnational context, in my commitment to speaking to doing scholarship that speaks to larger debates going on in Brazilian politics and society.


Amílcar Pereira


Amilcar Pereira

Amilcar Pereira is an Associate Professor of History of 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.


Patricia Pinho, Latin American and Latino Studies, UC Santa Cruz


Informed by Cultural Studies, my work revolves around issues of identity and power. In my research and teaching I have sought to highlight the importance of Brazil in the broader contexts of the Americas and the black diaspora. My publications, including Mama Africa: Reinventing Blackness in Bahia (Duke University Press, 2010), have centered on blackness, whiteness, racism, and forms of resistance to racism in Brazil. My latest book, Mapping Diaspora: African American Roots Tourism in Brazil (University of North Carolina Press, forthcoming 2018), examines the construction of black transnational solidarity within the geopolitics of the African diaspora. I was born and raised in Salvador, Bahia, I have a PhD in Social Sciences from the Universidade Estadual de Campinas – UNICAMP, and I have lived and worked in the United States since 2002. I am currently Associate Professor in the Department of Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

I have been a member of BRASA since 2004 when the conference was held in Rio. The panel I participated in at the time was on “Novas Negritudes, Novas Atitudes,” and it was an excellent opportunity to discuss anti-racist activism and aesthetics with Brazilian and U.S. American scholars/activists. If elected to serve as member of BRASA’s Executive Committee, I will work to further bridge the connections between scholars and activists working in and outside Brazil. Building local and international solidarity is a crucial means of struggle, especially in the face of Brazil’s dire political situation following the 2016 coup. You can listen to my Voces Críticas/Critical Voices interview (in English) on Brazil’s political crisis here: or read a summary of the interview (in Portuguese) here:


Sonia Roncador, Spanish and Portuguese, University of Austin, Texas


I hold an MA in Brazilian Literature from University of Brasilia (1993), and a PhD in Comparative Literature from New York University (1999). For the last 14 years I have taught Brazilian literature and culture courses in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the UT-Austin. I had had previous teaching appointments at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Columbia University, and one visiting position at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio).

I am the author of three books on Brazilian literature and cultural history. My first monograph, Poéticas do empobrecimento (Annablume, 2002) explores the intersections of social responsibility and “ethics of care” (Nel Noddings) in Clarice Lispector’s later writings. My following book, A doméstica imaginária (University of Brasilia Press, 2008) reveals the symbolic centrality of domestic servants to post-abolition Brazilian intellectual discourse, and argues that the social and economic space of waged domestic servitude remains profoundly shaped by the legacy of slavery. A substantially revised and expanded English version of this book, Domestic Servants in Literature and Testimony in Brazil, appeared in 2014 (Palgrave Macmillan).

My current book project, Imperial Trash: The Portuguese in the American Tropics (Brazil, Trinidad, and Hawaii), challenges the nationalist paradigm in the scholarship of Portuguese immigration by demonstrating the international resonance of the myths of white slavery and white genocide framing the emerging discourses of luso migrations across the American tropics in the 19th and early 20th centuries. With its transatlantic geographic scope, the book examines the juxtaposing contexts of African slavery and Asian and European indentured servitude, as well as Portuguese and British imperialisms. It also interrogates the “human acclimatization” debate guiding racial and immigration politics of the time, discourses generated by narratives of white race expansion and conversely white extermination during decades of intense southbound mobilities.


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.

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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.