Gray F. Kidd

I am interested in the complex ideological and interpersonal threads that bind politics and culture. My research focuses on Recife, the capital city of Pernambuco, Brazil's most consistently leftist state and an important site of cultural, religious, and political ferment in the 1960s. My dissertation project aims to understand the "politics of culture" by examining how vast swaths of "lettered" persons--ranging from creative intellectuals and political figures to members of the clergy--imagined and asserted themselves through appeals to the "popular" and the povo between dictatorship and redemocratization. 

From 2014 to 2016, I served as Graduate Student Coordinator of the Global Brazil Humanities Lab . I also served as a co-instructor and field coordinator for the Bass Connections Education and Human Development project "The Cost of Opportunity? Higher Education and Social Mobility in the Baixada Fluminense ."

Current Research Interests

The Politics of Culture
Brazilian Intellectuals and Intellectualities 
The Brazilian Left
The Intellectual Right
Popular Culture
Social and Political Movements

Office Hours

I am abroad for the fall 2018 semester. Please email gfk4 {at}

Current Appointments & Affiliations

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