Esther Brimmer, Professor of Practice of International Affairs
Dr. Brimmer has published several articles and monographs and edited eight books on transatlantic and international affairs.
Robert J. Cottrol, Professor of Law, of History, and of Sociology; Harold Paul Green Research Professor of Law
Robert J. Cottrol joined the law school faculty in 1995 as a visiting professor of law of legal history. Previously, he taught at Rutgers University and Boston College, and had visited at the University of Virginia. As well as specializing in American legal history, Professor Cottrol has also taught torts and criminal law. His writings on law and history have appeared in the Yale Law Journal, Georgetown Law Journal, American Journal of Legal History, Law and Society Review, Slavery and Abolition: A Journal of Slave and Post-Slave Studies and American Quarterly, among others.
He is the author of The Afro-Yankees: Providence’s Black Community in the Antebellum Era (selected by Choice as an outstanding academic book for 1983), editor of Gun Control and the Constitution: Sources and Explorations on the Second Amendment (Book of the Month selection by the History Book Club), and From African to Yankee: Narratives of Slavery and Freedom in Antebellum New England (1998). Professor Cottrol’s book Brown v. Board of Education: Caste, Culture and the Constitution (2003) won the Langum Project Prize for Historical Literature in 2003 and was a “Book-of-the-Month” selection of the History Book Club. Most recently, he has authored The Long, Lingering Shadow: Slavery, Race, and Law in the American Hemisphere (2013).
He is currently doing research contrasting the role of law in the development of systems of slavery and racial hierarchy in the United States and Latin America. He has lectured on American law at the Federal Universities of Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil and the University of Buenos Aires and La Universidad del Museo Social in Argentina.
Alexander S. Dent, Associate Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs
Dr. Dent received his Ph.D. in 2003 from the Department of Anthropology at the University of Chicago. From 2003-04, he was Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Oklahoma, and he held the Earl S. Johnson Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Chicago from 2004-05. He has done extensive fieldwork in Brazil, and comparative work in the United States in New Jersey, Oklahoma, Washington, DC, and Chicago, IL. In 2006, Dr. Dent was appointed the Associate Editor of the journal Anthropological Quarterly. He has published in journals such as Popular Music and Society, The International Journal of the History of Sport, and Anthropological Quarterly.
Luciana Duccini, Visiting Fulbright Scholar
Dr. Duccini possesses an undergraduate degre in Communications conferred by the Methodist Institute of São Paulo, and obtained her doctorate in Social Sciences at the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA). While also being the Spring 2017 Visiting Fullbright Scholar, she is also an adjunct professor at the College of Social Sciences at the Federal University of the Vale do São Francisco. With extensive knowledge and research projects in the fields of Sociology and Anthropology, most particularly focusing on religion, identity and corporality, Dr. Ducinni will be offering an undergraduate course during the Spring 2017 semester, IAFF3187: Brazil: Population, Ethnicity and Identity.
John Garrison, Adjunct Faculty Member
John Garrison has worked at the World Bank since 1996 as a Civil Society Specialist. He spent the first five years working in the Bank’s office in Brasilia, Brazil where he carried out research, organized outreach activities, and helped supervise Bank projects geared to improving World Bank – civil society relations. Since 2010 he has led the Bank’s Civil Society Team in Washington which coordinates the Bank’s civil society engagement efforts at the global level. Before joining the Bank, Mr. Garrison spent most of his career working with international development and human rights issues. He has worked with a variety of non-governmental, faith-based, and governmental organizations in Brazil and the United States. Mr. Garrison holds a masters degree in Latin American Studies from Vanderbilt University and has published numerous reports, articles, and blogs on grassroots development and civil society.
James G. Hershberg, Professor of History and International Affairs
Stephen Kaplan, Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs
Dr. Mark Langevin, Director, Brazil Initiative
Dr. Langevin is Director of BrazilWorks, International Advisor to the Associação Brasileira dos Produtores de Algodão (Abrapa) and consultant to Public Services International (PSI), in addition to his academic positions. Dr. Langevin researches and writes extensively on Brazilian energy policymaking and United States-Brazil relations. He is a regular contributor to such publications as: American Diplomacy, Boletim Meridiano 47, Brazzil, the Inter-American Dialogue's Latin American Advisor, Journal of Energy Security, the Labor Studies Journal, Review of Renewable Energy Law and Policy, and Universitas: Relações Internacionais.
Nicholas Vonortas, Professor of Economics and International Affairs