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Ruth Cardoso Chair

CAPES, FAPESP, Columbia University and the Fulbright Commission established a visiting professorship for Brazilian scholars in 2009 in honor of the former Brazilian First Lady and renowned sociologist Ruth Cardoso. The Ruth Cardoso Chair is aimed at Brazilian teachers and researchers with proven experience in the humanities and social sciences, with an emphasis on Contemporary Brazil history, anthropology, political science and sociology. 

Recipients teach courses and engage in reserch at Columbia University for one or two semesters, enriching the school´s teaching and research on Brazil, while benefiting from collaborative opportunities and resources at Columbia University. Receipients receive a monthly stipend, housing, round trip airfare, moving allowance, and health insurance.

The competition for the 2015-2016 academic year is now open. 

If you have further questions, please contact Esteban Andrade (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) at Columbia’s Center for Brazilian Studies.

We are pleased to welcome our fourth Ruth Cardoso Professor for the academic year 2014 - 2015, Marcelo Ridenti.


Professor Marcelo Ridenti visits us from the Department of Sociology at Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Unicamp). His research is about the cultural Cold War in the internationalization of Brazilian artists and intellectuals. His many publications include Brasilidade revolucionária – um século de cultura e política (Unesp, 2010); Em busca do povo brasileiro: artistas da revolução (Record, 2000; 2e. rev. ed. Unesp, 2014), O fantasma da revolução brasileira (Unesp, 1993, 2e. rev. ed. 2010), História do Marxismo no Brasil, vols. 5 and 6 (Unicamp, 2007, with Daniel Aarão Reis); A ditadura que mudou o Brasil (Zahar, 2014, with Rodrigo Motta and Daniel A. Reis), L’intellectuel, l’État et la Nation – Brésil-Amérique Latine-Europe (L’Harmattan, 2006, with Elide Rugai Bastos and Denis Rolland).


Past Ruth Cardoso Professors


Professor Hebbe Mattos visits us from the Department of History at Universidade Federal Fluminense.  Her research is about the construction of slavery and race in Brazil through the analysis of selected personal narratives. The range of narratives extends from seventeenth--‐century letters of Henrique Dias, a black soldier in the war against the Dutch, to contemporary oral--‐history life narratives of the political leadership of the Brazilian new quilombos. She is also an accomplished filmmaker. In collaboration with Martha Abreu, her work has resulted in the production of four documentary films, joined in a DVD collection called Present Pasts, www.labhoi.uff.br/passadospresentes.2. The audiovisual interviews are open to public consultation at the Acervo UFF Petrobras Cultural Memória e Música Negra at LABHOI/UFF, www.labhoi.uff.br/acervo. Along with Martha Abreu and the Scientific Committee of UNESCO, she also organized Slave Route Project, an inventory of one hundred places of memory of slave trade and enslaved African experience in Brazil http://www.labhoi.uff.br/node/1507" target="_blank">(http://www.labhoi.uff.br/node/1507)



Luiz Guilherme de Oliveira visits us from the Department of Administration at the University of Brasília (UnB). His main research areas include Science, Technology and Innovation Policy; Defense; Energy Policy and Public Management.  While in residence at the Institute of Latin American Studies, Professor Oliveira will research Brazil's and Latin America's strategies and policies for science, technology and innovation. Professor Oliveira obtained his master of arts in Political Economy at the Catholic University in Sao Paulo (PUC/SP) and his doctorate degree in Science and Technology Policy at the University of Campinas (DPCT/Unicamp). He has published several articles and book chapters.



Margareth Rago visits us from the Department of History at the State University of Campinas. Her research crosses many themes, including: post-structuralism, feminism, anarchism, subjectivity, and gender, and makes reference to such authors as Foucault and Deleuze. Professor Rago obtained her undergraduate degrees in history and philosophy from the University of São Paulo, and a Master of Arts and doctorate degree in history at the University of Campinas.  

 2008 - 2009

Lia Zanotta Machado is an anthropologist who specializes in feminist movements, violence, and sexual and reproductive rights. While in residence at the Institute of Latin American Studies, Professor Machado researched the impact of the movement for human and women's rights, as well as rights to cultural diversity, on feminist movements and knowledge. She also teaches in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Brasilia, and recently released her book, Institutional Challenges in Combating Violence against Women in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNIFEM, 2007).