Gray F. Kidd

My writing and thinking center on the social and cultural history of Northeast Brazil. I am particularly interested in patterns, techniques, and spaces of interclass and interracial sociability in the port city of Recife, Pernambuco during the 1970s. My dissertation project, titled Surrendering to the Street: Intellectuals, Povo, and the Politics of Culture in Recife, 1968-1986, traces imagined and embodied interactions between the city's nonwhite majority and the "lettered" elite in a city and a decade that contribute much to broader debates about urban sociability and "popular" culture.

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

Intellectuals and Intellectualities 
Race and Ethnicity
Popular Culture
Sociability and conviviality
Visualities and Visual Culture

Office Hours

Spring 2020: by appointment

Current Appointments & Affiliations

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