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Dain Borges Affiliated Faculty, Center for Latin American Studies
Affiliated Faculty, Katz Center for Mexican Studies
Executive Committee, Master of Arts Program in Social Sciences
Faculty Affiliate, Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture
Senior Fellow, Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts, the College
Office: Social Science Research Building, room 507
Mailbox 35
Office hours: Winter Quarter 2024 January 3-18 Thursday, 1:00-3:00pm. January 20-March 9 Teaching abroad. Zoom office hours by appointment. Phone: (773) 834-0284 Email Interests:

Modern Latin America, especially Brazil and the Caribbean; intellectual history; history of the family

Associate Professor of History and the College

Stanford University, PhD '86


Dain Borges works on nineteenth- and twentieth-century Latin American culture and ideas. His current research project, "Races, Crowds, and Souls in Brazilian Social Thought, 1880–1920," centers on the ways in which Brazilian intellectuals used race sociology and social psychology to understand popular religion and politics. He teaches seminars and courses on Latin American history, comparative nineteenth-century transformations, ideologies of national identity, and culture in the African diaspora.

Recent Research / Recent Publications

  • “Mockery and Piety in Eça de Queirós and Machado de Assis.” Revista de Estudos Literários [Coimbra] (2016).

  • “Catholic Vanguards in Brazil.” In Local Church, Global Church: Catholic Activism in Latin America from Rerum Novarum to Vatican II, edited by Stephen J. C. Andes and Julia G. Young. Washington, DC: Catholic University of America Press, 2015.

  • "Healing and Mischief: Witchcraft in Brazilian Law and Literature, 1890–1922." In Crime and Punishment in Latin America, edited by Carlos Aguirre, Gilbert Joseph, and Ricardo Salvatore. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2001.

  • Esau and Jacob, by Machado de Assis. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000 (editor).

  • "A Mirror of Progress." In The Brazil Reader: History, Culture, Politics, edited by Robert M. Levine and John J. Crocitti. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1999.

  • "Intellectuals and the Forgetting of Slavery in Brazil." Annals of Scholarship 11 (1996).

  • "The Recognition of Afro-Brazilian Symbols and Ideas, 1890–1940." Luso-Brazilian Review 32 (1995).

  • "Puffy, Ugly, Slothful, and Inert: Degeneration in Brazilian Social Thought, 1880–1940." Journal of Latin American Studies 25 (1993).

  • The Family in Bahia, Brazil, 1870–1945. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1992.