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Dr. Erika Robb LarkinsErika Robb Larkins
Director

Office: AL-626
Phone: (619) 594-5028
Email: [email protected]

Dr. Erika Robb Larkins is Associate Professor of Anthropology, Behner Stiefel Chair of Brazilian Studies, and Director of the Behner Stiefel Center for Brazilian Studies at San Diego State University. She received her doctorate in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and also holds a M.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of Chicago. Larkins’ research and teaching focuses on violence and inequality in urban settings. Her first book, The Spectacular Favela: Violence in Modern Brazil (U California Press 2015), explores the political economy of spectacular violence in one of Rio’s most famous favelas. Her second book, The Sensation of Security: Private Guards and the Social Order in Brazil, is forthcoming from Cornell University Press. She has also published on issues of race, gender, and politics in Brazil, with recent articles appearing in American Ethnologist, City and Society, and the Journal for Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology, and in public outlets including El País and Estadão (O Estado de São Paulo).

Also a writer of fiction, Larkins is a Pushcart nominee, and her 2021 short story, “Working for Nico” won an award from the Society for Humanistic Anthropology in the creative ethnographic prose category. Her next creative project is a book-length work of ethnographic fiction co-authored with one of Rio’s most illustrious former drug traffickers (now incarcerated).

Larkins’ is currently working on a new National Science Foundation funded research project on the intersection of extreme heat, environmental racism, and inequality in Rio de Janeiro. She was recently awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to co-teach the second iteration of the NEH Summer Institute, “Race, Modernity and Urban Spaces in Brazil” for higher education faculty in 2022.

Dr. Kristal BivonaKristal Bivona
Assistant Director
Office: AL-626
Phone: (619) 594-4771
Email:
[email protected]

Kristal Bivona is the associate director of the Behner Stiefel Center for Brazilian Studies and a lecturer for the College of Arts and Letters. She holds a Ph.D. in Hispanic Languages and Literatures and a masters in Portuguese from UCLA and a Masters in Comparative Literature from Dartmouth College. She completed her undergraduate studies at SDSU as a community college transfer student. Her research examines the public impact of cultural production in Latin America and exposes the ways in which art, cinema, and literature engage with the political sphere and the crucial role of the humanities in fostering sociopolitical change. Her book project, Democracy out of Focus: Political Memory and Post-Dictatorship Brazilian Cinema connects the fields of film studies, cultural studies, and democracy studies to illuminate the relationship between audiovisual production, cultural memory, and processes of re-democratization in Brazil. She has published and forthcoming work on Latin American cinema and art in Luso-Brazilian Review, Latin American and Latinx Visual Culture, and Studies in Spanish and Latin American Cinema.


Flavia SoaresFlavia Soares
Center Coordinator
Office: AL-626
Phone: (619) 594-4771
 
Flavia Soares is the Center Coordinator. She graduated with an MBA degree in Business & Management Systems from Candido Mendes University, Rio de Janeiro/Brazil, and also has a BS in Business Administration. With over 10 years of management consulting experience, most of them leading management improvement projects at Petrobras S/A, she seeks to use her background as well as her cultural and language skills to promote collaboration and support the Center for Brazilian Studies in all its areas of expertise. 
 
 

Manuela CordeiroManuela Cordeiro
Brazil-Sustainability Fellow, Fall 2022

Phone: (619) 594-4771
Email: [email protected]

Dr. Cordeiro holds a Ph.D. from the Graduate Program in Social Anthropology of the Museu Nacional – Federal University of Rio Janeiro (PPGAS/MN/UFRJ) and professor at Institute of Anthropology at Federal University of Roraima (INAN/UFRR). Her thesis is on land occupation and family trajectories in rural settlements created during the Military Dictatorship in Brazil.  She has a post-doctoral fellowship at the Department of Social, Political, and Territorial Sciences at the University of Aveiro, Portugal, researching the dynamics and strategies of neo-rural phenomena in Portugal's countryside. Her main areas of expertise are Trajectories of migration and occupation of territories; Land conflicts and overlaps; Gender; Local knowledge and agriculture in indigenous lands, and socio-environmental conflicts. She has worked in several states in Brazil: Roraima, Rondônia, Tocantins, and Rio de Janeiro, mainly in rural settlements and indigenous lands.

Camila PierobonCamila Pierobon
Research Fellow
Phone: (619) 594-4771
Email: [email protected]

Dr. Camila Pierobon is Research Fellow of the Behner Stiefel Center for Brazilian Studies. She holds a Ph.D. in Social Science from the Rio de Janeiro State University. Her research deals with the everyday problems that low-income families face in the city of Rio de Janeiro, focusing on making-home in relation to access to potable water and sewage. Dr. Pierobon is currently working to build the "Brazilian Urban Waters" with the objective of understanding how the different waters act in the production of urban space. The network operates on two work fronts. The first one focuses on ethnographic research that seeks to understand the uses of different waters in the urban space (rivers, seas, rains, floods, lakes, ponds and pools) in relation to scarcity, excess, toxicity, environmental and climate change. The second front analyzes the federal, state, and municipal regulatory frameworks related to water and sewage, and surveys quantitatively and qualitatively the formal water and sewage distribution network in metropolitan regions.

Isabele de LimaIsabele de Lima
Assistant/Student
Office: AL-626
Email: [email protected]
 
Isabele is a graduate student in the Sociology Department, with a focus on Brazilian studies, race/ethnic studies and gender studies. She was born and raised in Brazil, but pursued higher education in the United States, graduating from UC San Diego with a BA in Sociology and Theatre. She is excited to stay connected with the Brazilian community through her work at Center as a graduate student assistant.
 
Amethyst SanchezAmethyst Sanchez
Assistant/Student
Office: AL-626
 
As a graduate student in the Anthropology Department, Amethyst’s research interests coincide with her degrees in both Anthropology and Sociology, with particular emphasis on activism, feminism, structural inequality, and historical archaeology. Though she is Argentine and not Brazilian, Amethyst is happy to be engaging with her Latin American heritage through working as a research assistant and staff member at the Center.

 

Associated Faculty & Staff

Ryan AbmanRyan Abman
Assistant Professor
Economics
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Stuart AitkenStuart Aitken
Professor
Geography
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Cristina AlfaroCristina Alfaro
Professor
Dual Language and English Learner Education
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Adisa AlkebulanAdisa Alkebulan
Associate Professor and Chair
Africana Studies
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Thaís da C. L. AlvesThaís da C. L. Alves
Professor and Chair
Construction Engineering and Management
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Cristian Aquino-SterlingCristian Aquino-Sterling
Associate Professor
School of Teacher Education (STE) and Associate Dean for Diversity and International Affairs, College of Education
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Jessica BahamJessica Baham
International Programs Coordinator
College of Arts and Letters
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Mark Ballam,Mark Ballam
Managing Director
CIBER, College of Business
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Rebecca BartelRebecca Bartel
Assistant Director
Center for Latin American Studies

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Pablo BenPablo Ben
Associate Professor
History
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Trent BiggsTrent Biggs
Professor
Geography
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Fernando J. BoscoFernando J. Bosco
Professor and Chair
Geography
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Amanda BryantAmanda Bryant
Assistant Director
CIBER
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Grace ChengGrace Cheng
Director
Center for Human Rights
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Cássia De AbreuCássia De Abreu
Lecturer
Portuguese
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Kevin Delgado

Kevin Delgado
Associate Professor
Music
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Fernando De SalesFernando De Sales
Associate Professor
Geography
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Robert EdwardsRobert Edwards
Professor
Biology & Computer Science
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Salvador EspinosaSalvador Espinosa
Associate Professor
Public Administration
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Gabriel GonzalezDaniela Gomes
Assistant Professor
Africana Studies
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Gabriel GonzalezGabriel Gonzalez
Assistant Professor
Marketing
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Allen GontzAllen Gontz
Professor and Chair
Geology
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Lawrence HerzogLawrence Herzog
Professor
City Planning
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José Carmelo InterlandoJosé Carmelo Interlando
Professor
Mathematics
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Zoe Jarocki

Zoe Jarocki
Undergraduate Instruction Librarian
Library & Information Access
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Susan KieneSusan Kiene
Professor
School of Public Health
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Matthew LauerMatthew Lauer
Professor
Anthropology and Sustainability
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Arielle LevineArielle Levin
Professor
Geography
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Enrico MarcelliEnrico Marcelli
Associate Professor
Sociology
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Madhavi McCall

Madhavi McCall
Interim Associate Vice President
Office of Curriculum, Assessment, and Accreditation
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Anta MerrittAnta Merritt
Lecturer
Africana Studies
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Nadezda NovakovicNadezda Novakovic
Program Specialist
LARC
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Thomas NovotnyThomas Novotny
Professor
School of Public Health
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Ramona PérezRamona Pérez
Director
Center for Latin American Studies
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John PutnamJohn Putman
Director
International Business Program
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Amy Schmitz WeissAmy Schmitz Weiss
Professor
School of Journalism and Media Studies
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Gillian SneedGillian Sneed
Assistant Professor
School of Art + Design
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Charles ToombsCharles Toombs
Professor
Africana Studies
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Milton TorikachviliMilton Torikachvili
Professor
Physics
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Patricia van DammePatricia van Damme
Advisor
College of Business
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Ricardo VasconcelosRicardo Vasconcelos
Professor
Portuguese
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Matthew VerbylaMatthew Verbyla
Assistant Professor
Environmental Engineering
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María Luisa ZúñigaMaría Luisa Zúñiga
Associate Professor
School of Social Work
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Intercollegiate Advisory Board Members 

Ryan Abman
Cássia de Abreu
Stuart Aitken
Thaís da C. L. Alves
Cristian Aquino-Sterling
Jessica Baham

Mark Ballam
Rebecca Bartel
Trent Biggs
Grace Cheng
Luciano Cruz
Fernando De Sales

Kevin Delgado
Salvador Espinosa
Daniela Gomes
Gabriel Gonzalez
Pam Lach
Paulo Lima

Gillian Sneed
Milton Torikachvili
Ricardo Vasconcelos
Matt Verbela
María Luisa Zúñiga

Visiting Scholars

Denise De Alcântara
Visiting Scholar
Email: [email protected]

Salvador Gullo Neto
Visiting Scholar
Email: [email protected]

Keila Pinezi
Visiting Scholar
Email: [email protected] 

Lidiane Toledo 
Visiting Scholar
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