Associate Professor

of History and the College

Faculty Director, Master of Arts Program in the Social Sciences
Deputy Dean, MA Programs
Affiliated Faculty, Center for Latin American Studies
Affiliated Faculty, Katz Center for Mexican Studies
Faculty Affiliate, Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture

PhD 1986 Stanford University

Social Science Research Building, room 507 – Office
(773) 834-0284 – Office telephone
(773) 702-7550 – Fax


Field Specialties

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


Discusses "Natural Disasters and Social Responses" at the Summer Teacher Institute, University of Chicago [video, 50 minutes]


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.


"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: 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.


Discusses "Natural Disasters and Social Responses" at the Summer Teacher Institute, University of Chicago [video, 50 minutes]