BRASA Is Accepting Applications for the 2018 Jon M. Tolman Award

The Jon M. Tolman Award is designed to assist students with their travel expenses. This Award is sponsored by BRASA and is intended for students who will present at BRASA XIV Congress. Each winner will receive an award of $500 and the waiver of the registration fees for the congress.

The deadline for submission is January 30th 2018.

The committee will provide 4 awards. Applicants are required to be BRASA members at the time of submission. Applications should include the following items:

Cover page (download here)
Abstract of paper being presented at BRASA XIII
A short description of no more than 2 single-spaced pages of how the paper fits into the applicant’s thesis or dissertation
Curriculum Vitae
One recommendation, preferably from the applicant’s advisor (attached by the candidate in the same email with application)
We ask you to please submit all documents in a single email to If you prefer, the reference letter can be submitted separately, in this case please make sure to add the candidate name on the file name.
In the SUBJECT line, please write: Your full name + 2018 Tolman Award Application (e.g. Maria Smith 2018 Tolman Award Application).

Partial applications or applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.
Recipients will be notified by March 1, 2018 and will be recognized at the closing ceremony at BRASA XIV.


Tolman Award Committee:

Kathryn Sanchez, Chair

Colin Snider

Ben Penglase

2016 Tolman Award Winners

Aja Roberts, University of New Mexico
“The traces of the past and the legacies of slavery in Ponciá Vicencio”
Aja Roberts will analyze a novel by Ponciá Vicencio in order to investigate the traumas of the legacy of slavery. The work will examine the injustice in the lack of both material and symbolic reparations in the aftermath of the violence imposed upon African-Brazilians.

Iwa Nawrocki, Princeton University
“Transnational Revolution: the Brazilian Catholic Left, Democratization, and Sandinista Nicaragua, 1979-1985”
Iwa Nawrocki will study the Brazilian Catholic Left’s encounter with Sandinista Nicaragua. The shaping of Brazil’s democratization process by this specific encounter will be explored by means of diaries and travel accounts, oral histories, and visual materials.

Angélica do Carmo Cotinho, CPDOC/FGV
“The judgment of political crimes in military court”
Angélica do Carmo Cointinho will analyze the judgment of political crimes in court during the period between 1974 and 1979. She aims to generate discussion on the idea of political crime and its significance, particularly during a time in which the regime sought means through which to actualize the process of liberation.

Gustavo Teixeira Prieto, Universidade de São Paulo
“Social Interactions in Water Conflicts”
Gustavo Silveira Prieto will follow the importance of water in the daily life of individuals. His work will especially determine the role of water in conflicts, and the ways in which its emergence, articulation, handling and potential settlement can provide insight about the Portuguese American and Brazilian society.