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Gray F. Kidd,

Gray F. Kidd

I am a fourth year PhD candidate in Brazilian history, and I am interested in the complex ideological and interpersonal threads that bind politics and culture. A case study of what I call the "politics of culture," my dissertation focuses on Recife, the capital city of Pernambuco, Brazil's most consistently leftist state and an important site of cultural, religious, and political ferment in the 1960s. Drawing from a remarkable array of cultural products--ranging from photographs and moving images to theater and sculpture--and the life-worlds of their authors, I trace how letrados ("lettered" persons) made historically specific appeals to the "popular" and the povo (plebeians) to serve diverse aesthetic, ideological, and personal projects between dictatorship and redemocratization. 

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:  Carr Building
Email Address: send me a message
Web Pages:  https://scholars.duke.edu/person/kidd

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I am abroad for the 2017-2018 academic year. Please email gfk4@duke.edu

M.A.James Madison University2014

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

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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