James Green

Carlos Manuel de Cespedes Professor of Modern Latin American History, Professor of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies
59 Charlesfield Street, Room 102
Areas of Expertise Democracy & Elections, Human Rights, US Foreign Policy
Areas of Interest Modern Brazilian history and society, U.S.-Latin American relationships, gender and sexuality in Latin America


James N. Green is the Carlos Manuel de Céspedes Professor of Latin American History, director of Brown’s Brazil Initiative, Distinguished Visiting Professor (Professor Amit) at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and the Executive Director of the Brazilian Studies Association (BRASA), which will be housed at the Watson Institute from 2015 to 2020.

Green served as the director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Brown University from 2005 to 2008. He was president of the Brazilian Studies Association (BRASA) from 2002 until 2004, and president of the New England Council on Latin American Studies (NECLAS) in 2008 and 2009.  He is the author of, among other books, Beyond Carnival: Male Homosexuality in Twentieth-century Brazil and We Cannot Remain Silent: Opposition to the Brazilian Military Dictatorship in the United States. He is currently completing a biography of Herbert Daniel (1946-92), a Brazilian revolutionary and AIDS activist.


I am currently revising Thomas Skidmore’s textbook, Brazil: Five Centuries of Change (OUP) to include more material on the colonial period and the nineteenth century. It wil serve as a counterpoint to The Brazil Reader: History, Culture and Politics (Duke, 2019), an anthology of original sources about Brazilian history.

During the 2019-20 academic year, I will be writing a new chapter of Beyond Carnival: Male Homosexuality in Twentieth-century (Chicago 2020) for twentieth-anniversary edition to include material from the 1980s until the beginning of the twenty-first century.

My new research project, Generation 77: Youth Culture and the Demise of the Brazilian Dictatorship examines the role that students and new social movements played in the mobilizations against the Brazilian military dictatorship (1964-85) and the expansion of notions about democracy, human rights, and social inclusion.


The Brazil Reader: History, Culture, and Politics. 2nd edition. Edited with Victoria Langland and Lilia Moritz Schwarcz. Durham: Duke University Press, 2019. 608 pp. 

História do movimento LGBT no Brasil. [History of the LGBT movement in Brazil] Edited with Renan H. Quinhala, Márcio Caetano, and Marcia Fernandes. Alameida Casa Editorial, 2018. 580 pp.

Exile within Exiles: Herbert Daniel, Gay Brazilian Revolutionary. Durham: Duke University Press, October 2018. 322 pp.

Revolucionário e Gay: A vida extraordinária de Herbert Daniel. Rio de Janeiro: Civilização Brazileira, July 2018. Portuguese translation of Exile within Exiles. 366 pp.

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