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James N. Green

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James N. Green

Director, Brazil Initiative
Carlos Manuel de Céspedes Chair of Latin American History


James N. Green is the Carlos Manuel de Céspedes Professor of Latin American History, director of Brown’s Brazil Initiative, Distinguished Visiting Professor (Professor Amit) at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and the Executive Director of the Brazilian Studies Association (BRASA), which will be housed at the Watson Institute from 2015 to 2020.

Green served as the director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Brown University from 2005 to 2008. He was president of the Brazilian Studies Association (BRASA) from 2002 until 2004, and president of the New England Council on Latin American Studies (NECLAS) in 2008 and 2009.  He is the author of, among other books, Beyond Carnival: Male Homosexuality in Twentieth-century Brazil and We Cannot Remain Silent: Opposition to the Brazilian Military Dictatorship in the United States. He is currently completing a biography of Herbert Daniel (1946-92), a Brazilian revolutionary and AIDS activist.


US-Brazilian relations: In order to encourage research about US-Brazilian relations during the Cold War, I am the coordinator of the Opening the Archive project that has digitized and indexed 20,000 US State Department documents about Brazil from the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s. The project, initiated as a collaboration with the Brazilian National Truth Commission, plans to digitize 100,000 US documents about Brazil. See: http://library.brown.edu/openingthearchives/

Human Rights in Latin America: Based on US Military Intelligence Unit Archives, I am working with a team of US and Brazilian scholars analyzing the internal disputes of the Brazilian Armed Forces during the military dictatorship (1964-85).

Gender and Sexuality in Brazil: As a follow-up to the report on Homosexuality and the Dictatorship, a chapter published in the Brazilian National Truth Commission Report (2014), I am researching the debate within the Brazilian military about the proposal to end discrimination against gays and lesbians.


Exile within Exiles: Herbert Daniel, Gay Brazilian Revolutionary. Duke University Press, 2018.

The Brazil Reader: Politics, Culture and History, with Victoria Langland and Lilia Schwarcz. Duke University Press, 2018 

Modern Latin America, 9th edition, with Peter Smith. Oxford University Press, 2018.


Fall 2018: 1968 in Latin America and Beyond

Spring 2019: History of the Brazilian Military Dictatorship

Talks & Media

“The On-going Crisis in Brazil.” Tel Aviv University, May 2018

“International Solidarity: The Coup of 1964 and the Coup of 2016,” Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, May 2016

“Brazilian Studies in the United States: The Road Ahead.”  Yale University, May 2018

“Exile within Exiles: Herbert Daniel, Gay Brazilian Revolutionary.” University of Texas, April 2018.

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The University of Brasília's library

In Brazil, a hostility to academe (comments by James N. Green)

May 6, 2019 Inside Higher Ed

James N. Green, director of the Brazil Initiative, comments on Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro's proposed defunding to federal university budgets, saying "These are excellent universities, some of the top universities; they also have people within them who have organized events criticizing Bolsonaro."


Global Attack on Gender Studies (James N. Green quoted)

December 5, 2018 Inside Higher Ed

James N. Green in Inside Higher Ed on a bill pending in the National Congress would go so far as to bar the use of the term "gender" in teaching: "...with the election of Bolsonaro and a more conservative Congress, there is a possibility the bill might get traction."


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