Gloria Ribble, Office Manager
Elis Gomes Artz, Lemann Program Coordinator
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 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).
Ruben Oliven, Lemann Distinguished Visiting Professor, Fall 2016
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.