History of Brazil Social, cultural, political, and military history of Brazil. Special interests in civic rituals, popular festivals, military institutions, slavery, race, popular politics,and identity. Regional research focus on Bahia and Rio de Janeiro.
Civic Rituals Current research project on Dois de Julho festival in Bahia. Author of Days of National Festivity in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1823-1889 (2013).
Popular Festivals Current research project on transition from entrudo to carnaval in nineteenth-century Brazil. Funded by SSHRC Insight Grant.
Military Institutions Author of Race, State, and Armed Forces in Independence-Era Brazil: Bahia, 1790s-1840s (2001). Co-editor of Nova História Militar Brasileira (2004) and I Die with My Country: Perspectives on the Paraguayan War, 1864-1870 (2004).
Slavery Interests in armed slaves and military institutions' policy toward slavery.
Race Editor of Afro-Brazilian Culture and Politics: Bahia, 1790s-1990s (1998).
Popular Politics Popular political participation in nineeteenth-century Brazil.
Latin American History Comparative social, cultural, political, and military history of Latin America. Special interests in civic rituals, popular festivals, military institutions, slavery, race, popular politics, and identity. Editor of Negotiating Identities in Modern Latin America (2007).
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