|Division||Social Sciences Division|
|Department||Latin American & Latino Studies|
|Affiliations||Chicano Latino Research Center|
|Office||Merrill Academic Building 34|
|Office Hours||Winter 2017 Office Hours: Tues & Thurs, 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm|
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Biography, Education and Training
My research and teaching focus on the topics of blackness, whiteness, racism, and forms of resistance to racism in Brazil, and more broadly in Latin America. My book, Mama Africa: Reinventing Blackness in Bahia (Duke University Press, 2010) traces the ways in which Africa has been imagined and reinvented by Afro-Bahian cultural groups, functioning, on the one hand, as an inspiring reference for the construction of cultural and political black identities, but serving, on the other hand, to freeze blackness in static icons that are manipulated by the local government and the tourism industry. Mama Africa is a revised and expanded edition of Reinvenções da África na Bahia (Editora Annablume, 2004), which received an Honorary Award from LASA’s Premio IberoAmericano in 2006. My current research and project on African American roots tourism in Brazil examines the construction of black transnational solidarity within the geopolitical context of the African diaspora. Before joining LALS, I taught at SUNY, Albany, and I was a post-doc fellow at Amherst College, Yale University and the Open University, UK. I have a PhD in Social Sciences from the Universidade Estadual de Campinas – UNICAMP, Brazil.
Co-editor with Bianca Freire-Medeiros of special issue on "Tourism Mobilities" of Plural, Revista de Ciências Sociais da Universidade de São Paulo, 23(2), 2016. http://revistas.usp.br/plural/issue/view/9327
“Bahia is a Closer Africa.” African Heritage and Memories of Slavery in Brazil and the South Atlantic World, edited by Ana Lucia Araujo. Amherst, NY: Cambria Press, 2015, 253-284.
“The Dirty Body that Cleans: Representations of Domestic Workers in Brazilian Common Sense.” Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism 13 (1), August 2015, 103-128.
“Nurturing Bantu Africanness in Brazil.” John Burdick and Kwame Dixon (editors), Comparative Perspectives on Afro-Latin America. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2012, 21-41.
“Domestic Relations in Brazil: Legacies and Horizons,” co-authored with Elizabeth B. Silva. Latin American Research Review, Vol. 45, n.2, June 2010, p.90-113.
“White but not Quite: Tones and Overtones of Whiteness in Brazil.” Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism, n. 29 (Vol. 13/2), June 2009, p.39-56.
“African-American Roots Tourism in Brazil.” Latin American Perspectives, 160, vol. 35, May 2008, p.70-86.
“Afro-Aesthetics in Brazil.” Nuttall, Sarah (editor), Beautiful/Ugly: African and Diaspora Aesthetics. Durham: Duke University Press, 2006, p.266-289.
“Gilberto Freyre e a Baianidade.” McNee, Malcolm & Joshua Lund (editors), Gilberto Freyre e os Estudos Latinoamericanos. Pittsburgh: Instituto Internacional de Literatura Iberoamericana, 2006, p.227-254.