Merle L Bowen

1989 …2018
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Research Interests

  • Politics in Africa and the African Diaspora
  • Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in Africa/African Diaspora
  • Land, Labor, and Afro-Brazilian Rural Communities
  • Agrarian and Rural Issues
  • Afro-descendant Social Movements in the Americas

Education/Academic qualification

M.A.A.S., University of California

Ph.D., University of Toronto

B.A. with honors, University of Toronto

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Research Output 1989 2018

Quilombo Identity, Ethno-Commodification, and Tourism in Neoliberal Brazil

Bowen, M. L., 2018, New Frontiers in the Study of the Global African Diaspora. Edozie, R. K. (ed.). East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, p. 197-212 16 p. (Ruth Simms Hamilton African Diaspora Series).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Afro-Brazilian citizenship and the politics of history

Bowen, M. L. (Guest ed.), Mitchell, S. T. (Guest ed.) & Sullivan, L. (Guest ed.), May 4 2017, In : African and Black Diaspora. 10, 2

Research output: Contribution to journalSpecial issue

Who owns paradise? Afro-Brazilians and ethnic tourism in Brazil’s quilombos

Bowen, M. L., May 4 2017, In : African and Black Diaspora. 10, 2, p. 179-202 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

environmental policy
Empirical Research

The struggle for black land rights in Brazil: An insider's view on quilombos and the quilombo land movement

Bowen, M. L., Jul 1 2010, In : African and Black Diaspora. 3, 2, p. 147-168 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

national movement
rural community

Honors & Recognition


Merle L Bowen (Recipient), 2004

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Merle L Bowen (Recipient), 1990

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Merle L Bowen (Recipient), 1991

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Merle L Bowen (Recipient), 1987

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Merle L Bowen (Recipient), 2005

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