Dr. Benjamin Cowen
Professor of History at University of California, San Diego, Cowen is a historian of the Brazilian military dictatorship and cold war, specializing in cultural and gender history. He is the author of the award-winning book, Securing Sex: Morality and Repression in the Making of Cold War Brazil (University of North Carolina Press, 2016). His second monograph Moral Majorities Across the Americas (2021) examines the rise of the contemporary Right as a transnational process.
Dr. Jessica Graham
Graham is Associate Professor of History at the University of California, San Diego and Director of the Black Studies Project. Her award-winning book, Shifting the Meaning of Democracy: Racial Inclusion as a Strategy in Brazil and the United States, (University of California Press, 2019), analyzes the impact of international forces—namely communism, fascism, black activism, World War II, and Brazilian-U.S. relations—on evolving racial meanings of political democracy in these nations from 1930 to 1945.
Dr. Keisha-Khan Perry
Associate Professor of Africana Studies at Brown University, whose research focuses on the critical study of race, gender, and politics in the Americas with a particular focus on black women’s activism, urban geography and questions of citizenship, feminist theories and intellectual history, among other topics. She is author of the award-winning monograph Black Women Against the Land Grab: The Fight for Racial Justice in Brazil (Minnesota University Press, 2013). Her current research project, “The Historical Paradox of Citizenship: Black Land Ownership and Loss in Brazil, Jamaica and the United States” provides a global perspective on localized struggles for land throughout the Americas by illuminating the historical meanings of citizenship, material culture, and diaspora, in relation to Brazil in comparison with Jamaica and the United States.
Dr. Jaime A. Alves
Assistant Professor in the departments of Anthropology and Black Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara and author of The Anti-Black City: Police Terror and Black Urban Life in Brazil (University of Minnesota Press, 2018). Professor Alves's current research focuses on the geographies of policing and black spatial insurgency in the urban margins of two Latin American cities.