Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies
Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies

Brazil Center

BRASA 2020 Conference

The Brazil Center was founded in 1995, following twenty-five years of work by the institute's Brazilian Studies Committee to diversify and expand interdisciplinary studies of Brazil at The University of Texas at Austin and to increase the number of faculty specializing in Brazil. Professor Emeritus Peter Cleaves (who served as director of the Institute of Latin American Studies, ILAS, from 1990 through 1996) founded the center, and Lawrence Graham (Emeritus Professor, Dept. of Government) served through 2000 as its first director. Dr. Sonia Roncador serves as the current Brazil Center Chair.

UT Austin boasts one of the strongest and most comprehensive Brazilian studies programs in the United States. Approximately one-quarter of LLILAS-affiliated faculty dedicate all or part of their research and/or instruction to Brazil-related content in diverse disciplines, including Afro-Brazilian studies, anthropology, architecture, communications, geography, geosciences, government, history, human ecology, language and literature, law, and public policy.

The Brazil Center's mission is to support Brazilian studies across academic disciplines at UT Austin, and to promote collaborative research and exchange between Texas and Brazil. In pursuit of our mission, the Brazil Center has established several broad goals to:

  • Create an interdisciplinary network of Brazilianists
  • Support the teaching, study, and research agendas of students, faculty, and visiting academics at the university
  • Strengthen the university's institutional relations with academic, nonprofit, and government agencies in Brazil

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Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies—Brazil Center
The University of Texas at Austin
Sid Richardson Hall 1.306
2300 Red River Street D0800
Austin, TX 78712-0331

For information on LLILAS Brazil Center activities, contact Paloma Díaz, Scholarly Programs Director.

  • Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies

    University of Texas at Austin
    SRH 1.310
    2300 Red River Street D0800
    Austin, Texas 78712