Latin America, 2019
Intellectual history; political theory; democracy and democratic theory; early twentieth-century Brazil; race; nationalism; US imperialism
My research explores the intersection of race, nationalism, and democracy in early twentieth century Brazil. My undergraduate senior thesis at Harvard College interpreted Brazilian sociologist Gilberto Freyre’s Casa-Grande & Senzala (1933), perhaps Brazil's most emblematic work of social science, as a work of literature that employed the rhetoric of science and myth to postulate Brazil as a Western nation on the world stage. My current research focuses on early-twentieth-century Brazilian understandings of democracy and democratic culture, particularly in relation to the United States. I spend most of my free time following Brazilian and American politics obsessively or watching the Great British Baking Show (even though I am a terrible cook).