Tolman Award Recipients Announced

2018 Tolman Award Winners

Andrew Britt, Emory University

“In Search of Displacement: Paving São Paulo’s ‘Pequena África’ in the 1930s-40s”

Andrew Britt will discuss how the projects of the 1930s and 40s to remake São Paulo through grand avenues were neither ambiguous nor diffuse in that they dislocated bodies, practices, and spatial histories considered undesirable barriers to progress from the perspective of the urbanist-administrators. In particular, this study focuses on specific local sites that situated in racialized and ethnicized neighborhoods were long significant centers associated with Afro-Paulistano life and history.

Gitanjali Patel, University of London

“Meddling with Memories: the Emergence of Community Museums in the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro as Tools of Resistance”

Gitanjali Patel examines how community museums in Carioca favelas resist dominant representations and social marginalization from the city, and how these museums serve their community and its development. She discusses the counter-narratives of the museums through the memories they aim to preserve, in opposition to negative public perceptions and oppressive public policies.

Michael Rom, Yale University

“Educational Institutions, Ethnic Social Networks, and Brazilian Jewish Student Opposition to the Military Regime, 1964-1975”

Michael Rom examines the importance of educational institutions in fostering social networks that facilitated Brazilian Jewish students’ involvement in the student movement and armed struggle against the Brazilian military dictatorship. He draws from memoirs, oral history interviews, and secret police records to discuss how these educational institutions gave rise to ethnic social networks which in turn served as vehicles for Jewish participation in student protests, Marxist reading groups, and underground revolutionary organizations.

Samantha Serrano, Universidade Federal de São Paulo

“The Effects of Domestic Violence on Bolivian Immigrant Women’s Health and Healthcare Access in São Paulo”

This study is a qualitative investigation of the effects of domestic violence on Bolivian immigrant women’s health and how they access healthcare in Brazil, all the more significant given the large number of Bolivian immigrants in Brazil. It draws from original ethnographic fieldwork on the experiences of Bolivian immigrant women in healthcare in São Paulo, in a climate where funding and public resources for victims of domestic violence, women’s healthcare and basic healthcare services are all being cut by the current municipal, state and federal administrations.



Tolman Award Committee:

Kathryn Sanchez, Chair

Colin Snider

Ben Penglase

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.

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.