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 research 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. Recipients receive a monthly stipend, housing, round trip airfare, moving allowance, and health insurance.

The call for applications for the 2018-2019 academic year is now open, for more information please visit:

If you have further questions, please contact Esteban Andrade ( at Columbia’s Center for Brazilian Studies.



Fall 2018

Monica Dantas is an Associate Professor at the Brazilian Studies Institute and at the Social History Graduate Program, both at the University of São Paulo (since 2003). She has a B.A in History from the University of São Paulo (1993); a graduate degree (lato sensu) in Archival Organization (1997) from the Brazilian Studies Institute/ USP; she was a Scholar in Residence at Yale University (1999); received her Ph.D. in Social History from the University of São Paulo (2002); developed a Post-Doctoral Research at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa’s Law School (2012); and, since 2013, holds a Research Grant bestowed by the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq, Brazil). She teaches undergrad and graduate courses on Brazilian History (19th century) – on Rebellions, Social History, Political History and Research Methods concerning 19th century Primary Sources –, and has supervised many Thesis and Dissertations. Her current areas of research are: Brazilian Studies; Social History; Political History; Popular Rebellions; Legal History; Transnational History of Free-Masonry (Brazil-USA). She co-founded, in 2017, a Legal History Network that congregates more than 40 researchers from all over Brazil, and many international collaborators from the United States, Portugal, Spain, England and France. She has published several academic oeuvres:  books, book chapters and scholarly articles.



Fall 2017 and Spring 2018

Cláudio Beato is a Full professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and in the Master Programme in Sociology and Doctorate Programme in Sociology and Politics, both at the Federal University of Minas Gerais-UFMG, Brazil. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the Rio de Janeiro Research Institute University, Brazil. He was a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Brazilian Studies, Oxford University, England. He was also visiting Scholar at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, University of Harvard. Currently is the CRISP coordinator (Center for Studies in Criminality and Public Security, UFMG).  He is also a Level 1-B Researcher from National Council for Scientific and Technological Development – CNPq, Brazil.  He was the Secretary of Public Safety and Prevention of Belo Horizonte. Dr Claudio has developed a number of projects to the Government of Minas Gerais State, regarding the homicide control in areas of risk; integrated management of police processes; the use of intervention technologies, information technologies and community policing. He acts in many Brazilian states by developing projects of public security intervention.

Fall 2016 and Spring 2017

Tatiana Schor 2016 08

Tatiana Schor was trained in Economics with a masters degree in Human Geography and doctorate in Environmental Science from University of São Paulo, Brazil. Currently she is an Associate Professor at the Federal University of Amazonas (UFAM) in the Geography Department in Manaus, Amazonas. With an interdisciplinary approach her present interests are in the relations between society and nature in the Amazon, looking at urbanization processes, uses of natural resources, environmental politics, frontier politics, with a socio-biodiversity perspective. She supervises masters and doctoral students at two graduate programs, Geography and Environmental Science & Sustainability in the Amazon, both at UFAM. She has also experience in Amazonas State Government as Director of State Conservation Units (2012) and in Rural Production (2013-2014). She has been a fellow at the Center for Place, Culture and Politics at CUNY Graduate Center (2009-2010), with a CNPq grant, and now is the Ruth Cardoso Visiting Faculty at the Lemann Center for Brazilian Studies (2016-2017) with Fulbright and CAPES grants. She has published academic papers and books, most recently 3 volumes on the Urbanization Dynamics in the Amazon.

Spring 2017

miriam-grossiMiriam Pillar Grossi has a PhD in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the Université de Paris V -René Descartes(1988);  She was a post-doctoral fellow at the Laboratoire d´Anthropologie Sociale – LAS of  the Collège de France (1996/1998),  at the University of California-Berkeley and the  Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales – EHESS (2009/2010). She is full Professor of the Department of Anthropology at the Federal University of Santa Catarina since 1989 where she works in the graduate programs in Social Anthropology and Interdisciplinary Program in Human Sciences, as well as in  the undergraduate program in Anthropology and Social Sciences. She  has been director of  the Center for Gender Identity and Subjectivity (Núcleo de Identidades de Gênero e Subjetividades (NIGS) since 1991. She has served as national representative for Anthropology and the greater area of Humanities at CAPES – Ministery of Education (2001/2004), President of the Brazilian Association of  Anthropology – ABA (2004/2006) and vice-president of International Union of Anthropology and Ethnology Sciences – IUAES (2013-2018). She has also served as editor of the Feminist Studies Journal – Revista Estudos Feministas (1999/2001) and Visiting Professor at University of Brasilia (1995), University of Chile (2003), Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales – EHESS- France (2008) and ISCTE – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa- Portugal (2009). Her main areas of research are: Anthropological Theory, The History of women anthropologists, Contemporary French Anthropology, Qualitative Research Methodologies, Feminist and queer theories, violence against women and lesbo-trans-homophobia; public policies and feminist and LGBTTT movements.

2014 -2015


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).


Hebbe_MattosProfessor 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, The audiovisual interviews are open to public consultation at the Acervo UFF Petrobras Cultural Memória e Música Negra at LABHOI/UFF, 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 (


Luiz_GuilhermeLuiz 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_RagoMargareth 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.

2009 – 2010

Lia-Zanotta_MachadoLia 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).