Gray F. Kidd

I am interested in the complex ideological and interpersonal threads that bind culture and politics in Northeast Brazil. A Fulbright-Hays DDRA Fellowship provided 18 months of support for fieldwork in Recife, Pernambuco. My dissertation is an embodied analysis of the "politics of culture" in an important site of cultural and political ferment in the long 1970s and early 1980s. 

From 2014 to 2016, I served as Graduate Student Coordinator of the Global Brazil Humanities Lab , an interdisciplinary hub of faculty, graduate students, undergraduates, activists, and artists. Moreover, I co-led a Bass Connections Education and Human Development team ("The Cost of Opportunity? Higher Education and Social Mobility in the Baixada Fluminense" ). Building on a longstanding collaboration between Duke and the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRRJ), this binational team of faculty, students, and community leaders has worked to understand the obstacles, both financial and psychological, that racially or socioeconomically marginalized populations face when they pursue mobility through higher education.

Current Research Interests

Brazilian Intellectuals and Intellectualities 
Popular Culture
Visualities and Visual Culture
Race and Ethnicity

Office Hours

Fall 2019: MW 2:00-3:00

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