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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

Biography

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.

Research

I am currently revising Thomas Skidmore’s textbook, Brazil: Five Centuries of Change (OUP) to include more material on the colonial period and the nineteenth century. It wil serve as a counterpoint to The Brazil Reader: History, Culture and Politics (Duke, 2019), an anthology of original sources about Brazilian history.

During the 2019-20 academic year, I will be writing a new chapter of Beyond Carnival: Male Homosexuality in Twentieth-century (Chicago 2020) for twentieth-anniversary edition to include material from the 1980s until the beginning of the twenty-first century.

My new research project, Generation 77: Youth Culture and the Demise of the Brazilian Dictatorship examines the role that students and new social movements played in the mobilizations against the Brazilian military dictatorship (1964-85) and the expansion of notions about democracy, human rights, and social inclusion.

Publications

The Brazil Reader: History, Culture, and Politics. 2nd edition. Edited with Victoria Langland and Lilia Moritz Schwarcz. Durham: Duke University Press, 2019. 608 pp. 

História do movimento LGBT no Brasil. [History of the LGBT movement in Brazil] Edited with Renan H. Quinhala, Márcio Caetano, and Marcia Fernandes. Alameida Casa Editorial, 2018. 580 pp.

Exile within Exiles: Herbert Daniel, Gay Brazilian Revolutionary. Durham: Duke University Press, October 2018. 322 pp.

Revolucionário e Gay: A vida extraordinária de Herbert Daniel. Rio de Janeiro: Civilização Brazileira, July 2018. Portuguese translation of Exile within Exiles. 366 pp.

Teaching

HI1310 History of Brazil
Fall 2019:  T/Th 2:30-3:50 Talks & Media

POBS 0711 Brazilian Democracy in Literature and History
Fall 2019, Fridays, 10:30-1:00

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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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."

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