Brazil is the world’s most biodiverse country, making it a natural location for the study of sustainability. Our faculty study climate change, deforestation, and human-environment relations, including sustainable economic development.
Brazil is a key site for the study of human rights. Our faculty examine challenges related to crime and policing, incarceration, and gendered violence, in addition to studying policy innovations that seek to create a more just and equitable world.
Language & the Arts
Brazil is world renowned for its cultural production in the areas of language, music, dance, theater, film and literature. Our faculty explore these cultural forms as a mode of critical inquiry for understanding self and society. They are also committed to pedagogical innovations in language instruction.
Brazil is home to Latin America’s largest cities. Rapid urbanization, however, has
been accompanied by a host of challenges. Our faculty examine issues related to urban
planning, civil engineering, construction, and social, economic and spatial inequality.
Brazil is at the forefront of the study of health issues, including Dengue, Zika, HIV, and substance abuse. Our faculty’s expertise spans the continuum from laboratory to community, connecting scientific innovation to the social determinants of health.