I research the ways in which people debated their place within their region, nation, and the world when confronted with intense international change. In my book Region out of Place: The Brazilian Northeast and the World (1924-1968), published with the Latin America Series of University of Pittsburgh Press earlier this year, I analyze how Brazilians discussed the meaning of belonging to the northeastern region in the early- to mid-twentieth century. My book has led to interviews or publications with BBC Brasil, The New Books Network, The Conversation, and History Today (November 2022).
I am currently working on two books. The first, provisionally titled Rebellious Women and the Brazilian Nation, focuses on representations of Brazil’s iconic historical women in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The second, provisionally titled Olga and Carlos: A Global History of Love and Anti-Fascism in the Twentieth Century focuses on Olga Benário Prestes, a Jewish, German, communist youth activist who went into exile in the USSR, worked with and received training from Comintern, was arrested in France and England, served as bodyguard to the Brazilian communist party leader Luís Carlos Prestes (with whom she later had a child), helped to orchestrate a communist uprising in Brazil, was deported to Germany, gave birth in a women’s prison, and, ultimately, was murdered in a Nazi extermination camp.
I have also co-edited a volume titled Empty Spaces: Confronting Emptiness in National, Cultural, and Urban History, with Allegra Giovine and Jennifer Keating. This publication also led to a New Books Network interview. I have published articles in Past & Present, Slavery & Abolition, and the Luso-Brazilian Review. With Glen Goodman, I am currently working on Brazilian Regionalism in a Global Context, based on a series of conferences we held in 2018 and 2019.