University of Texas at Austin Experts Offer Insights on Brazil

As the world's attention focuses on the 2014 FIFA World Cup, The University of Texas at Austin offers the following faculty experts working in areas related to Brazil. All of these faculty members are affiliated with the university's Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, one of the leading centers in the world for the study of Latin America.

Media and Culture


Rosental Alves
Professor and Knight Chair in Journalism, School of Journalism
Research Areas: Media and freedom of the press


Jason Borge
Associate Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Research Areas: Film and culture


Joe Straubhaar
Professor of Communication, Department of Radio-Television-Film
Research Areas: Film and TV 

Social Policy


Wendy Hunter
Professor, Department of Government
Research Areas: Social policy issues in Latin America, politics of education and health reform


Leticia Marteleto
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology
Research Area: Social inequality


Joe Potter
Professor, Department of Sociology and Population Research Center
Research Areas: Health and reproductive rights

Urban Brazil 


Fernando Lara
Associate Professor, School of Architecture
Research Areas: Latin American architecture, Latin American urbanism, favelas (Brazilian slums) and sustainability



Lorraine Leu
Associate Professor, LLILAS and Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Research Areas: Culture and urban Brazil

Energy Issues


Eugenio Arima
Assistant Professor, Department of Geography and the Environment
Research Areas: Land use, land use change, sociopolitics of land use


William Fisher
Leonidas T. Barrow Centennial Chair in Mineral Resources, Department of Geological Sciences
Research Areas: Petroleum exploration and assessment

Education System 


Pat Somers
Associate Professor, College of Education
Research Areas: Access and persistence in Brazilian higher education; affirmative action and admissions in Brazil

Racial Tensions 


Christen Smith
Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Department of African and African Diaspora Studies, and Center for African and African American Studies
Research Areas: Racial formation, black liberation and resistance in Brazil

João Vargas
Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology and Department of African and African Diaspora Studies
Research Areas: Race, social inequality and cultural studies