Jerry Dávila

20002017
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Jerry Dávila holds the Jorge Paulo Lemann Chair in Brazilian History at the University of Illinois.  He currently serves as Executive Director of the Illinois Global Institute, established in 2019 to advance UIUC's work with international area studies centers and global themes.

Dávila's research focuses on in the influence of racial thought in public policy in Brazil, as well as the state and social movements in the twentieth century.

He is the author of several books including Hotel Trópico: Brazil and the Challenge of African Decolonization (Duke, 2010), recipient 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 in American Studies at the Catholic University in Rio de Janeiro. He has also received the National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship and the Fulbright-Hays Research Fellowship.

He has written for publications including the New York Times and the Cairo Review about the experiences of military rule and redemocratization in Brazil, Argentina and Chile, the subject of his Dictatorship in South America (Wiley, 2013).  Dávila is also a co-author of A History of World Societies (Macmillan, 2018).

He is past-president of the Conference on Latin American History, the affiliate of the American Historical Association dedicated to the study of Latin America.

Research Interests

The influence of racial thought in public policy, as well as the state and social movements in the twentieth century.

Office Address

429 Gregory Hall
Department of History MC/466
810 S. Wright St.
Urbana, IL 61801

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Research Output 2000 2017

A History of World Societies: To 1600

Wiesner-Hanks, M., Ebrey, P., Beck, R., Davila, W. J., Crowston, C. H. & McKay, J., Sep 2017, 11 ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martins. 544 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

A History of World Societies: Since 1450

Wiesner-Hanks, M. E., Ebrey, P., Beck, R., Davila, W. J., Crowston, C. H. & McKay, J., Sep 2017, 11 ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martins. 672 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

A History of World Societies: Combined Volume

Wiesner, M. E., Ebrey, P., Beck, R., Davila, W. J., Crowston, C. H. & McKay, J., Sep 2017, 11 ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martins. 1152 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Brazil's Economy: An Institutional and Sectoral Approach

Baer, W. (ed.), Dávila, W. J. (ed.), de Melo Modenesi, A. (ed.), da Graça Derengowski Fonseca, M. (ed.) & Kerstenetzky, J. (ed.), Aug 8 2017, New York: Routledge. 180 p. (Routledge Studies in the Modern World Economy)

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Brazil
Industrialization
Economics
Business history
Political economics

Challenging racism in Brazil: Legal suits in the context of the 1951 anti-discrimination law

Davila, W. J., Jan 1 2017, In : Varia Historia. 33, 61, p. 163-185 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Brazil
Racism
Discrimination
Race Relations
Racial Discrimination

Activities 2012 2017

  • 3 Editorial activity
  • 3 Oral presentation
  • 2 Invited talk

Nationalist Ideology in the Making of Brazil's Steel Industry

Walter Jerome Davila (Speaker)
2015

Activity: Talk typesOral presentation

Revista de Historia Regional (Journal)

Jerry Dávila (Editorial board member)
2012 → …

Activity: Editorial work typesEditorial activity

Racism and Antiracism in Brazil's Katherine Dunham Case

Walter Jerome Davila (Speaker)
2015

Activity: Talk typesOral presentation

Press/Media

Brazilian studies gets broad attention at Illinois

Jerry Dávila

7/29/16

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Some historical context as Brazil prepares to host the Olympics

Jerry Dávila

7/13/16

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment