The University of Illinois

The Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Every year the Lemann Institute receives Brazilian and Brazilianist scholars that come to the University of Illinois to conduct research, to give lectures, to participate in conferences sponsored by the Institute, and to collaborate in different research projects across campus.

The Institute produces working papers and subsidizes publications about Brazil.

Lemann Institute Resources

Lemann Institute Working Papers Series

In 2011 The Lemann Institute initiated a Working Papers Series to disseminate current issues on Brazilian studies. Please click on the links below to access the publications. Authors interested in producing a working paper should contact Camila Führ Diel.

Discerning Corruption: Credible Accusations and the Punishment of Politicians in Brazil
Rebecca Weitz-Shapiro & Matthew S. Winters. Working Paper #06. July 2014

Intrahousehold Bargaining and the Demand for Consumer Durables in Brazil
Ana Claudia Polato e Fava & Mary Arends-Kuenning. Working Paper #05. March 2013

White Skin, Black Masks: Brazilian Performances of Africanness in the South Atlantic
Jerry Dávila. Working Paper #04. October 2012

Money for Results
Marcos C. Holanda. Working Paper #03. November 2011

The Brazilian Federal State in the Old Republic (1889-1930)
Joseph L. Love. Working Paper #02. June 2011

Brazil as an Emerging Economy: a new economic miracle?
Edmund Amann & Werner Baer. Working Paper #01. May 2011

Distinguished Visiting Brazilian Scholar Program

Every year, the Lemann Institute of Brazilian Studies brings prominent Brazilian researchers to spend a semester or an academic year at UIUC.

2012-2013 Visiting Scholar

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

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.

2011-2012 Visiting Scholar

Eduardo Coutinho

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.

2010-2011 Visiting Scholar

Roberto DaMatta

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.

Brazilian Studies Association (BRASA)

Since July 2011, the Lemann Institute is the host institution for BRASA, an international, interdisciplinary group of scholars who support and promote Brazilian studies in all fields, especially in the humanities and social sciences. BRASA currently has 700 members worldwide. BRASA organizes an international congress on Brazilian studies every other year. The 2012 Conference was held at the University of Illinois at urbana-Champaign. Information about the Conference may be found here:

Luso-Brazilian Association - Associação Luso-Brasileira at UIUC

Webpage Luso-Brazilian Association - Associação Luso-Brasileira at UIUC

News: Portuguese Language and Brazilian Studies Program - Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese Department

BET USA English Language Certificate Program for High School English Teachers from Brazil

January 12 – February 22, 2013

Intensive English Institute University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign




BET USA is a collaboration among the Institute of International Education (IIE), Brazilian sponsor CAPES, the Fulbright Commission in Brazil, and the U.S. Embassy in Brazil.
In Fall 2012, IIE invited the Intensive English Institute to submit a proposal, and selected the IEI to be one of 18 intensive English programs in the country to participate.

Twenty-six high school English teachers are at Illinois for this program.
They are in two groups, based on English proficiency:“Orange” and “Blue.” They teach in public schools in a variety of districts across Brazil. Some of them also teach in a private school.


  1. To improve the level of teachers' spoken English
  2. To expose teachers to teaching methodologies that encourage classroom participation and practice with aural and oral skills
  3. To provide best practices in student assessment and evaluation
  4. To encourage the use of online and other resources for teacher development and lesson plan preparation as well as the use of technology for student projects
  5. To present first-­‐hand U.S. history and culture to serve as a core component in participants' teaching of English
  6. To foster linkages with U.S. teachers and to encourage ongoing professor and studentexchanges
  7. To issue a Certificate of English Teaching from the U.S. institution hosting the program

For complete information visit BET USA