The University of Illinois

The Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Previous Lemann Distinguished Visiting Professors


Eduardo Rios-Neto, Lemann Distinguished Visiting Professor 2015-2016

Eduardo Rios-Neto

Eduardo Rios-Neto is the Lemann Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign during the 2015-2016 academic year. Professor of Demography at CEDEPLAR-Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), where he has taught since 1980. He has a Ph.D. in Demography from the University of California at Berkeley. His M.A. and B.A. degrees are in Economics from the Federal University of Minas Gerais - Brazil. He has published national and international papers as well as two books and several book chapters.

Fábio Akcelrud Durão, Fall 2014

Fábio Durão

Fábio Durão is professor of literary theory at the State University of Campinas. He is the author of Modernism and Coherence (2008), Teoria (literária) americana (2011), and the forthcoming Fragmentos Reunidos (2015). Among his edited and coedited volumes, there are Modernism Group Dynamics: The Politics and Poetics of Friendship (2008) and Culture Industry Today (2010). He is Associate Editor of the journal Alea, and has published essays in such journals as Critique, Cultural Critique, Latin American Music Review, Luso-Brazilian Review, The Brooklyn Rail, and Parallax. He has recently been elected president of ANPOLL, Brazil's National Association of Graduate Studies in Letters and Linguistics.

Antônio Sérgio Alfredo Guimarães, Lemann Distinguished Visitor Spring 2014

Antônio Sérgio Alfredo Guimarães

Antonio Sérgio Alfredo Guimarães is Professor of Sociology at the University of São Paulo, Titulaire of the Chaire brésilienne de sciences sociales Sérgio Buarque de Holanda, Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme, and is a Senior Researcher at Centro de Estudos da Metropole, supported by FAPESP (Fundação de Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo) and Senior Research of CNPQ (Conselho Nacional de Pesquisa). He has a PhD in Sociology at the University of Wisconsin - Madison (1988), and was president of the Brazilian Sociological Society from 1996 to 1998. He does research on racial, national and class identities, Black social movements, affirmative actions, and Black intellectuals. He has published among others books: Preconceito Racial - Modos, Temas, Tempos. São Paulo, Ed. Cortez, 2008; Classes, raças e democracia, São Paulo, Editora 34, 2002; Racismo e anti-racismo no Brasil, São Paulo, Editora 34, 1999; 2nd Edição 2005.

Júlio César Bicca-Marques, Spring 2013

Júlio César Bicca-Marques

Dr. Júlio César Bicca-Marques is Full Professor at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul. He has a B.Sc. in Biology from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (1986), a M.Sc. in Ecology from the University of Brasília (1991) and a Ph.D. in Biological Anthropology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2000). He teaches ecology, conservation biology, animal behavior, primatology and scientific writing and conducts research on non-human primates. He is also a Research Fellow of the Brazilian National Research Council, Research Associate at the Department of Anthropology/UIUC, member of the Primate Specialist Group of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and of several Brazilian primate- and conservation-related committees, consultant for many Brazilian and international funding agencies, editor and member of the editorial board of four international journals, and referee of many international and Brazilian journals. From 1991 to 1993, he worked for the Brazilian Government at the Brazilian Environmental Protection Agency (IBAMA) and the Ministry of the Environment. He taught courses in Ecology at the Federal University of Acre from 1993 to 1995 and The Biological Bases of Human Behavior at UIUC in 1999. He was President of the Brazilian Primatological Society (2003-2004) and Director of the Graduate Program in Zoology/PUCRS (2007-2011) and has published almost 100 scientific papers and book chapters and edited two books. In 2012 he was awarded in the 3rd Ecofuturo Prize Education for Sustainability, Brazil.

Carlos R. Azzoni, Fall 2012

Carlos R. Azzoni

Dr. Carlos R. Azzoni is Full Professor of Economics at the University of São Paulo, with M. S. and Ph. D. from that university. He was chairman of the Department of Economics, associate dean and dean of the School of Economics, Administration and Accounting of USP. He was Visiting Professor at Cornell University, Ohio State University and University of Illinois. His area of research is regional inequality. He has chaired the Regional Planning Division of the State of Sao Paulo Secretary of Planning for 7 years. He has published 7 books (Portuguese) and over 50 scientific papers, both in Brazilian and international refereed academic journals. He has worked as consultant for many Brazilian and International organizations, both in the private and public sector. He is one of the founders of the Brazilian Regional Science Association. He served in the scientific council of the Regional Science Association International.

Eduardo Coutinho, Fall 2011

Dr. Eduardo Coutinho has a BA in Portuguese Language and Literature from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (1968), an MA in Comparative Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1973) and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of California at Berkeley (1983). He is currently Professor of Comparative Literature at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. He has experience in the Arts with emphasis in Comparative Literature, acting on the following topics: comparative literature, Latin America, literary theory, literature, Brazilian writer Guimarães Rosa. Dr. Eduardo Coutinho will teach the graduate seminar "Poetic Constructions and the Formation of the Cultural Imaginary in Brazil" (PORT 410/510) during the Fall 2011 semester.

Roberto DaMatta, Fall 2010

Dr. Roberto DaMatta has a B.A degree in History from the Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF); a specialization course in Social Anthropology from the National Museum (UFRJ); and a M.A. and Ph.D. degree from the Peabody Museum of Harvard University. He was Head of Anthropology Department and Coordinator the Graduate Program in Social Anthropology at the National Museum (UFRJ). He is Professor Emeritus at the University of Notre Dame, where he held the Chair Rev. Edmund Joyce of Anthropology from 1987 to 2004. He is currently Full Professor at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio). He conducted ethnological research among the Apinayé and Gaviões Indigenous groups in Brazil. He was a pioneer in studies of ritual and festivals in industrial societies, having investigated Brazil as a society and as a cultural system through the analysis of carnival, football, music, food, citizenship, women, death, and the numbers game categories of time and space. Dr.Roberto da Matta gave a series of lectures and workshops during his residence here at UIUC in 2010.