Letter from the Chair
Professor of History
HISTORY; Affiliated Faculty of Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Address: 419A Gregory Hall
Department of History MC/466
810 S. Wright St.
Urbana, IL 61801
- Telephone: (217) 300-0390
- Email: email@example.com
Office HoursTuesday, 11-12 and Thursday, 2:30-3:30
Areas of Specialization
Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, History of Latin America, Brazil, African Diaspora, race and ethnicity
Ph.D. Brown University, 1998, B.A. Dartmouth College, 1991
Jerry Dávila is Jorge Paulo Lemann professor of Brazilian History at the University of Illinois. He received his bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth college in 1991 and his Ph.D. from Brown University in 1998. His research is focused on in the influence of racial thought in public policy, as well as the state and social movements in the twentieth century.
Professor Dávila is the author of Dictatorship in South America (Wiley Blackwell, 2013); Hotel Trópico: Brazil and the Challenge of African Decolonization (Duke, 2010), winner of the Latin Studies Association Brazil Section Book prize; and of Diploma of Whiteness: Race and Social Policy in Brazil, 1917-1945 (Duke, 2003).
In 2000, Dávila taught as a Fulbright Lecturer at the University of São Paulo, and in 2005, he held the Fulbright Distinguished chair at the Catholic University in Rio de Janeiro. He has also held National Endowment for the Humanities and Fulbright-Hays Research Fellowships.
From 2013 through 2017, he serves as Vice-President/President-Elect of the Conference on Latin American History, the affiliate of the American Historical Association dedicated to the study of Latin America.
- History 200 - Culture and Conterculture in Latin America
- History 498 - Slavery and Freedom in Latin America
- Dávila, Jerry. Dictatorship in South America. . Wiley-Blackwell, 2013.
- Dávila, Jerry. Hotel Trópico: Brasil e o desafio da descolonização africana, 1950-1980. . Paz e Terra, 2011.
- Davila, Jerry. Hotel Trópico: Brazil and the Challenge of African Decolonization, 1950-1980. . Duke, 2010.
- Dávila, Jerry. Diploma de Brancura: Política social e racial no Brasil - 1917-1945. . UNESP, 2006.
- Dávila, Jerry. Diploma of Whiteness: Race and Social Policy in Brazil, 1917-1945. . Duke, 2003.
- "Foreword." Foreword. Brazil: A Century of Change. . Trans. Robert N. Anderson. Ed. Ignacy Sachs, Jorge Wilheim, and Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro. North Carolina, 2009.