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Gray F. Kidd,

Gray F. Kidd

I am interested in the complex ideological and interpersonal threads that bind culture and politics in Northeast Brazil. A Fulbright-Hays DDRA Fellowship provided 18 months of support for fieldwork in Recife, Pernambuco. My dissertation is an embodied analysis of the "politics of culture" in an important site of cultural and political ferment in the long 1970s and early 1980s. 

From 2014 to 2016, I served as Graduate Student Coordinator of the Global Brazil Humanities Lab, an interdisciplinary hub of faculty, graduate students, undergraduates, activists, and artists. Moreover, I co-led a Bass Connections Education and Human Development team ("The Cost of Opportunity? Higher Education and Social Mobility in the Baixada Fluminense"). Building on a longstanding collaboration between Duke and the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRRJ), this binational team of faculty, students, and community leaders has worked to understand the obstacles, both financial and psychological, that racially or socioeconomically marginalized populations face when they pursue mobility through higher education.

Contact Info:
Office Location:  Classroom Building 122
Email Address: send me a message
Web Page:  https://duke.box.com/v/Kidd-vitae-full

Teaching (Spring 2019):

  • HISTORY 160S.01, GTWY SEM: THE GLOBAL SIXTIES Synopsis
    Class Bldg 241, MW 03:05 PM-04:20 PM
    (also cross-listed as GSF 160S.01, SXL 160S.01)
Teaching (Summer2 2019):

  • HISTORY 328.01, GLOBAL BRAZIL Synopsis
    Social Sciences 107, MTuWThF 11:00 AM-12:15 PM
    (also cross-listed as AAAS 213.01, LATAMER 328.01, RIGHTS 328.01)
Office Hours:

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:00-3:00 P.M., and by appointment. Classroom Building 122. 
Education:

M.A.James Madison University2014
Specialties:

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

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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