Staff

John Tofik Karam, Director

John Karam

John Tofik Karam is an Associate Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and Director of the Lemann Center 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.

Elis Gomes Artz, Lemann Senior Program Coordinator

Elis Artz

Elis Artz is the Lemann Senior Program Coordinator and manages Center 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.

Gloria Ribble, Office Manager

Gloria Ribble

Dan Bacon, Technology and Communication Coordinator

Dan Bacon

Jerry Dávila, Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor of Brazilian History

Jerry Dávilla

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).

Armando João Dalla Costa, Lemann Distinguished Visiting Professor, 2020-2021

Armando João Dalla Costa

Armando João Dalla Costa is the Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2020-2021). Professor in the Professional Graduate Program in Economics and in the Graduate Program in Economic Development at the Federal University of Parana. PhD in Economic History at the Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris III (1997). Postdoctoral fellow at the Université de Picardie Jules Vernes, Amiens (February to July 2008), at the Department of Economics and Lemann Center for Brazilian Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (December 2015 to February 2016) and at the University of São Paulo (FEA/USP, March 2017 to February 2018). Professor at the Tuiuti University of Parana (UTP, 1997-2004) and at the Department of Economics at the Federal University of Parana (UFPR, 2004-2020). Leader of the Research Group on Business Economics. President of ABPHE Brazilian
Association of Researchers in Economic History (2011-2013). CNPq Research Productivity Scholarship.