The University of Illinois

The Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


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.

Nadya Araujo Guimarães, Lemann Distinguished Visiting Professor, Spring 2018

Nadya Araujo Guimar&atidle;es
  • Room 223, ISB

Nadya Guimarães holds the Chair in Sociology of Work at the University of São Paulo. Since 1995 she is a CNPq Senior Researcher associated to CEBRAP (Brazilian Center for Analysis and Planning), and in 2016 was inducted into the Brazilian Academy of Sciences. She also holds the positions of Associate Researcher at the Institute for Employment Research, University of Warwick, in the UK, and is a Board Member of the International and Interdisciplinary Network on "Marché du Travail et Genre" ("Labor Market and Gender"), CNRS/France. Nadya Guimarães received her Ph.D. at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (1983) and did post-doctoral studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Special Program on Urban and Regional Studies for Developing Areas (1993-1994). She has been researching on Brazilian the labor market focusing on: economic change and workers trajectories; gender/race inequalities; comparative studies on unemployment, employment flexibility and labor market intermediaries; care and care workers. In 2010, she received the Jabutí Prize - Brazil's premier book award - for Trabalho flexível, empregos precários? Uma comparação Brasil, França, Japão ("Flexible work, precarious jobs? Brazil, France, Japan in comparative perspective"), co-edited with Helena Hirata and Kurumi Sugita.