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Gray F. F. Kidd,

Gray F. F. Kidd

I am interested in the complex ideological and interpersonal threads that bind culture and politics in Northeast Brazil. Supported by a Fulbright-Hays fellowship, my research focuses on Recife, the capital of Pernambuco, Brazil's most consistently leftist state and an important site of cultural, political, and religious ferment in the second half of the 20th century. My dissertation project examines the "politics of culture" by mapping how vast swaths of "lettered" persons have imagined and asserted themselves through the polysemic category of the "popular" through literature, film, and political activity in the 1970s. 

From 2014 to 2016, I served as Graduate Student Coordinator of the Global Brazil Humanities Lab. I also served as a co-instructor and field coordinator for the Bass Connections Education and Human Development project "The Cost of Opportunity? Higher Education and Social Mobility in the Baixada Fluminense."

Contact Info:
Office Location:  Classroom Building
Email Address: send me a message
Web Page:  https://duke.box.com/s/ls0ytvk4zej9pt5hara8vrbo2svzdnqq

Teaching (Spring 2019):

    Class Bldg 241, MW 03:05 PM-04:20 PM
    (also cross-listed as GSF 160S.01, SXL 160S.01)
Office Hours:

Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:00-3:00 P.M., and by appointment. 

M.A.James Madison University2014

Latin America and the Caribbean
Politics, Public Life and Governance
Cultural History
Intellectual History

Brazil, Northeast • Brazil--History • Brazil--Intellectual life--20th century • Brazil--Literatures • Cultural history • Intellectual history • Pernambuco (Brazil)--History • Pernambuco (Brazil)--Politics and government--20th century • Popular culture • Popular culture in art • Public spaces • Race • Social history • Sociology, Urban • Urban folklore • Urbanization

Curriculum Vitae
Recent Publications

  1. Van Norman, William C. and G.F. Kidd, Popular Religion, in Oxford Bibliographies Online: Latin American Studies (2015), Oxford University Press

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