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  Patricia Pinho

Patricia Pinho

Professor

831-4594354

 

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Social Sciences Division

Latin American & Latino Studies
Dolores Huerta Research Center for the Americas

Professor

Faculty

Dolores Huerta Research Center for the Americas

Regular Faculty

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My research and teaching focus on the topics of blackness, whiteness, racism, and forms of resistance to racism in Brazil, and more broadly in Latin America.

 

My most recent publications include: the special issue “Whiteness in Latin America: Perspectives on Racial Privilege in Everyday Life” of Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies (2023), co-edited with Hugo Ceron-Anaya and Ana Ramos-Zayas; "Whiteness Has Come Out of the Closet and Intensified Brazil’s Reactionary Wave" in Precarious Democracy: Ethnographies of Hope, Despair, and Resistance in Brazil (2021); and “A Casa Grande Surta Quando a Senzala Aprende a Ler”: Resistência Antirracista e o Desvendamento da Branquitude Injuriada no Brasil" in Confluenze: Rivista de Istudi Iberoamericani (2021).

 

My latest book Mapping Diaspora: African American Roots Tourism in Brazil (University of North Carolina Press, 2018) examines diaspora tourism as a channel of communication, interaction, and solidarity building between African Americans and Afro-Brazilians. Brazil, like some countries in Africa, has become a major destination for African American tourists seeking the cultural roots of the black Atlantic diaspora. Drawing on over a decade of ethnographic research as well as textual, visual, and archival sources, I investigate African American roots tourism, a complex, poignant kind of travel that provides profound personal and collective meaning for those searching for black identity and heritage. African Americans have become frequent travelers across what I call the "map of Africanness" that connects diasporic communities and stimulates transnational solidarities while simultaneously exposing the unevenness of the black diaspora. Roots tourism is a fertile site to examine the tensions between racial and national identities as well as the gendered dimensions of travel, particularly when women are the major roots-seekers.

 

My earlier book, Mama Africa: Reinventing Blackness in Bahia (Duke University Press, 2010) traced the ways in which Africa has been imagined and reinvented by Afro-Bahian cultural groups, functioning, on the one hand, as an inspiring reference for the construction of cultural and political black identities, but serving, on the other hand, to freeze blackness in static icons that are manipulated by the local government and the tourism industry. Mama Africa is a revised and expanded edition of Reinvenções da África na Bahia (Editora Annablume, 2004), which received an Honorary Award from LASA’s Premio IberoAmericano in 2006.

 

Before joining LALS, I taught at SUNY, Albany, and I was a post-doc fellow at Amherst College, Yale University and the Open University, UK. I have a PhD in Social Sciences from the Universidade Estadual de Campinas – UNICAMP, Brazil.

 

 

"Labeling Brazil: A Nation's Image on Beauty Products, Services, and Procedures." Feminist Studies, 2022, 48(2), 423-454.

 

“A Conceptual Roadmap for the Study of Whiteness in Latin America.” Co-authored with Hugo Ceron-Anaya and Ana Ramos-Zayas. Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies, 18 (2), May 2023, 177-199.

 

Co-editor with Hugo Ceron-Anaya and Ana Ramos-Zayas of special issue “Whiteness in Latin America: Perspectives on Racial Privilege in Everyday Life.” Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies, 18 (2), May 2023.

 

"Whiteness Has Come Out of the Closet and Intensified Brazil’s Reactionary Wave," Precarious Democracy: Ethnographies of Hope, Despair, and Resistance in Brazil, New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2021.

 

“A Casa Grande Surta Quando a Senzala Aprende a Ler”: Resistência Antirracista e o Desvendamento da Branquitude Injuriada no Brasil," Confluenze: Rivista de Istudi Iberoamericani 13 (1), 2021.

 

Mapping Diaspora: African American Roots Tourism in Brazil. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2018.

 

Co-editor with Bianca Freire-Medeiros of special issue on "Tourism Mobilities" of Plural, Revista de Ciências Sociais da Universidade de São Paulo, 23(2), 2016. http://revistas.usp.br/plural/issue/view/9327

 

“Bahia is a Closer Africa.” African Heritage and Memories of Slavery in Brazil and the South Atlantic World, edited by Ana Lucia Araujo. Amherst, NY: Cambria Press, 2015, 253-284.


“The Dirty Body that Cleans: Representations of Domestic Workers in Brazilian Common Sense.” Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism 13 (1), August 2015, 103-128.


“Nurturing Bantu Africanness in Brazil.” John Burdick and Kwame Dixon (editors), Comparative Perspectives on Afro-Latin America. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2012, 21-41.

 

Mama Africa: Reinventing Blackness in Bahia. Durham: Duke University Press, 2010.


“Domestic Relations in Brazil: Legacies and Horizons,” co-authored with Elizabeth B. Silva. Latin American Research Review, Vol. 45, n.2, June 2010, 90-113.

 
“White but not Quite: Tones and Overtones of Whiteness in Brazil.” Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism, n. 29 (Vol. 13/2), June 2009, 39-56.

“African-American Roots Tourism in Brazil.” Latin American Perspectives, 160, vol. 35, May 2008, 70-86.

“Afro-Aesthetics in Brazil.” Nuttall, Sarah (editor), Beautiful/Ugly: African and Diaspora Aesthetics. Durham: Duke University Press, 2006, 266-289.

“Gilberto Freyre e a Baianidade.” McNee, Malcolm & Joshua Lund (editors), Gilberto Freyre e os Estudos Latinoamericanos. Pittsburgh: Instituto Internacional de Literatura Iberoamericana, 2006, 227-254.

 

 

 

 

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