The University of Illinois

The Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

People


Gloria Ribble, Office Manager

Gloria Ribble


Elis Gomes Artz, Lemann Program Coordinator

Elis Gomes Artz

Elis Artz is the Lemann Program Coordinator and manages Institute programs and projects under the direction of the Faculty Program Director. She is from the northeast of Brazil where she received her professional degree in Psychology.

Jerry Dávila, Director Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies
Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor of Brazilian History

Jerry Dávila

Jerry Dávila is the Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor of Brazilian History at the University of Illinois. He is the author of Hotel Trópico: Brazil and the Challenge of African Decolonization (Duke, 2010), recipient of the 2012 LASA Brazil Section Book Award, and of Diploma of Whiteness: Race and Social Policy in Brazil, 1917-1945 (Duke, 2003). Both books examine the role of racial thought in shaping Brazilian public policy. In 2000, Dávila taught as a Fulbright Lecturer at the University of São Paulo, and in 2005, he held the Fulbright Distinguished Chair at the Catholic University in Rio de Janeiro. Dávila is also the author of Dictatorship in South America (Wiley, 2013) and co-author of A History of World Societies, 10 ed. (Bedford/St. Martins, 2014).

John Tofik Karam, Associate Director Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies

John Karam

John Tofik Karam is an Associate Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and Associate Director of the Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies at the University of Illinois. His first book on Arab cultural politics in neoliberal Brazil (2007) won awards from the Arab American National Museum and the Brazilian Studies Association. It was translated into both Arabic and Portuguese by Centre for Arab Unity Studies and the Editora Martins Fontes, respectively. His current book project is titled, "Manifold Destiny: Arabs at an Exceptional Crossroads of the Americas." As part of that project, his 2013 article, "The Lebanese Diaspora at the Tri-Border and the Redrawing of South American Geopolitics, 1950-1992," was awarded the best article prize by the Brazil Section of the Latin American Studies Association. His work appears in both the Journal of Latin American Studies and the International Journal of Middle East Studies.

Ruben Oliven, Lemann Distinguished Visiting Professor, Fall 2016

Ruben Oliven
  • Room 223, ISB

Ruben Oliven is Professor of Anthropology at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in Porto Alegre, Brazil and member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences. He received his Ph.D from the University of London (London School of Economics and Political Science) and was a visiting professor at several universities, among them the University of California at Berkeley, Dartmouth College, Brown University and the University of Paris. He was the President of the Brazilian Anthropological Association and the President of the Brazilian Association for Graduate Studies and Research in Social Sciences. He won the Erico Vannucci Mendes Prize for Distinguished Contribution to the Study of Brazilian Culture. In 2014 he was awarded the Prize for Academic Excellence in Anthropology by the National Association for Graduate Studies and Research in Social Sciences. His research interests include urbanization, national and regional identities, popular culture and popular music, and symbolic meanings of money.