James Green

Brown University

James Green is the Carlos Manuel de Céspedes Professor of Latin American History at Brown University. He received his doctorate in Latin American history, with a specialization in Brazil, at UCLA in 1996. He has traveled extensively throughout Latin America and lived eight years in Brazil. He served as the director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Brown University from 2005 to 2008. He is a past president of the Brazilian Studies Association (BRASA) and served as the president of the New England Council on Latin American Studies (NECLAS) in 2008 and 2009. He is currently the director of Brown’s Brazil Initiative; the executive director of the Brazilian Studies Association, housed at Brown; and the director of the Opening the Archives Project. Green worked as an advisor for the Brazilian National Truth Commission, which investigated the state’s violations of human rights during the military dictatorship.

He is the author of We Cannot Remain Silent: Opposition to the Brazilian Military Dictatorship in the United States (Duke University Press, 2010) and Beyond Carnival: Male Homosexuality in Twentieth-Century Brazil (University of Chicago Press, 1999). He is currently completing a biography of Herbert Daniel (1946-92), a Brazilian revolutionary and AIDS activist.

How does economic inequality affect the population of Brazil?
What factors contributed to the end of the dictatorship?
What do you think the phrase “One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter” means?
How did human rights abuses in Latin America in the 1970s contribute to a change in U.S. foreign aid policy?
Why did some opposition groups use kidnapping as a political tool?
How did the international community respond to news of torture in Brazil?
Why did the government use torture and what were some of its methods?
What economic change did Brazil experience during the dictatorship?
How did the military dictatorship rule Brazil?
What was the Diretas Já movement and why was it important?
Why do you think high school students should learn about Brazil?
Who are you and what do you do?
How is Brazil different from other South American countries?
What are the biggest challenges facing Brazil today?
How are Brazilian and U.S. definitions of race different?
What is the legacy of slavery in Brazil?
How has Brazil been successful in fighting HIV/AIDS?
How did Lula’s economic policies help him win the presidency?
How did Fernando Henrique Cardoso control inflation?
What is the Brazilian Truth Commission and why is it controversial?
What are some important legacies of the military dictatorship in Brazil?
What are some important recent developments in Brazil?
What are some of the biggest challenges facing Brazil today?
How did the abolition of slavery affect Brazil?
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