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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 Pages:  https://duke.box.com/s/0lylwsczqim4l6bfne5ln6yij0ktaayp

Teaching (Fall 2019):

    Class Bldg 229, MW 03:05 PM-04:20 PM
    (also cross-listed as GSF 160S.01, SXL 160S.01)
Office Hours:

Fall 2019: MW 2:00-3:00

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. Kidd, G, Street Democracy: Vendors, Violence, and Public Space in Late Twentieth-Century Mexico, The Latin Americanist, vol. 63 no. 2 (June, 2019), pp. 258-259, WILEY
  2. 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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