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The following scholars, writers, and editors are available to members of the media to talk about their work in this area. Following is information about their background, special interests, and preferred manner of contact. Listed email addresses should be copied into an email client, replacing "at" with "@".

Severino J. Albuquerque
Severino J. Albuquerque is a professor of Portuguese and director of Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Albuquerque is coeditor of the journal Luso-Brazilian Review and the book Performing Brazil and author of the book Tentative Transgressions: Homosexuality, AIDS, and the Theater in Brazil.

Email: sjalbuqu at

George Reid Andrews
George Reid Andrews is a distinguished professor of history at University of Pittsburgh. Andrews is the author of several other books, including Afro-Latin America, 1800–2000 and Blackness in the White Nation: A History of Afro-Uruguay.

Email: reid_andrews at

Craig L. Arceneaux
Craig L. Arceneaux is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo. His articles have appeared in Armed Forces and Society, Comparative Political Studies, Bulletin of Latin American Research, and Journal of Political and Military Sociology.

Rebecca J. Atencio
Rebecca J. Atencio is an assistant professor of Brazilian literary and cultural studies at Tulane University. Atencio is founder of the blog Transitional Justice in Brazil and lives in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Email: ratencio at

H.B. Cavalcanti
H.B. Cavalcanti is a professor of sociology at James Madison University. Cavalcanti is author of Gloryland: Christian Suburbia, Christian Nation and The United Church of Christ in the Shenandoah Valley: Liberal Church, Traditional Congregations as well as coauthor of Latinos in Dixie: Class and Assimilation in Richmond, Virginia. 

Email: cavalchb at

Robert E. Conrad
Robert E. Conrad is the author of The Destruction of Brazilian Slavery, 1850-88 (1972; reissued Krieger, 1993), World of Sorrow: The African Slave Trade to Brazil, and translator/editor of Sandino: The Testimony of a Nicaraguan Patriot, 1921-1934 .

G. Reginald Daniel
G. Reginald Daniel is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His previous publications include More Than Black? Multiracial Identity and the New Racial Order.

Email: rdaniel at

Manuel da Costa Fontes
Manuel da Costa Fontes is Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at Kent State University. He is the author and editor of many books including most recently Cancioneiro Tradicional de Tras-os-Montes (coedited with Samuel G. Armistead).

Email: Fran Keneston, SUNY Press, fran.keneston at

Peter R. Kingstone
Peter R. Kingstone is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Connecticut. He is co-editor, with Timothy Power, of Democratic Brazil: Actors, Institutions, and Processes.

Maxine L. Margolis
Maxine L. Margolis is professor emerita of anthropology at the University of Florida and an adjunct senior research scholar at the Institute for Latin American Studies at Columbia University. Margolis is also the author of Little Brazil: An Ethnography of Brazilian Immigrants in New York City and An Invisible Minority: Brazilians in New York City. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Email: maxinem at

Teresa A. Meade
Teresa A. Meade is Associate Professor of History at Union College in Schenectady, New York. She is co-editor, with Mark Walker, of Science, Medicine, and Cultural Imperialism

Email: meadet at

Joseph C. Miller
Joseph C. Miller is the T. Cary Johnson, Jr., Professor of History at the University of Virginia. Miller’s books include Kings and Kinsmen, Slavery and Slaving in World History and The African Past Speaks.

Email: jcm7z at

Jacob K. Olupona
Jacob K. Olupona is a professor of African religious traditions at Harvard Divinity School and professor of African and African American studies in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University. Olupona is the author and editor of many books, including African Spirituality, Beyond Primitivism, and African Traditional Religions in Contemporary Society.

Email: olupona at

Rebecca Reichmann
Rebecca Reichmann is currently Vice President for Programs at the San Diego Foundation. Previously she served as a Program Officer with the Ford Foundation in Rio de Janeiro (1988–1993) and was a visiting scholar at the Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies at the University of California, San Diego (1995–1997).

Simon Schwartzman
Simon Schwartzman is Professor of Political Science at the Universidade de São Paulo and Scientific Director of Núcleo de Pesquisas sobre Ensino Superior (NUPES).

Julie Shayne
Julie Shayne is Lecturer in Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington Bothell and Affiliate Associate Professor of Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies and Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Washington Seattle. She is the author of They Used to Call Us Witches: Chilean Exiles, Culture, and Feminism and The Revolution Question: Feminisms in El Salvador, Chile, and Cuba.

Email: Fran Keneston, SUNY Press, fran.keneston at

Vanessa K. Valdés
Vanessa K. Valdés is Assistant Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at City College, the City University of New York. She is the editor of Let Spirit Speak! Cultural Journeys through the African Diaspora, also published by SUNY Press, and The Future Is Now: A New Look at African Diaspora Studies.

Email: Fran Keneston, SUNY Press, fran.keneston at


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