Reighan A Gillam

|Associate Professor
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Winifred Raven, Room 207
HB 6026


Latin American, Latino & Caribbean Studies


  • B.A. University of Virginia, Charlottesville
  • M.A. Cornell University
  • Ph.D. Cornell University

Selected Publications

  • Book Manuscripts

    Diasporic Agency: Transnational Racial Leverage and Challenges to Exceptionalism in Brazil (Under Contract with Columbia University Press Series Black Lives in the Diaspora: Past/Present/Future)

    Visualizing Black Lives: Ownership and Control in Afro-Brazilian Media (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2022)

    Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

    2022    "Latent Blackness: Afro-Brazilian People, History, and Culture in São Paulo, Brazil" in Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology 26(3-4): 451-467.

    2021    "I Africanize São Paulo: Vision, Race, and Afro-Paulista Visual Culture" in Journal of Global South Studies 38(1): 107-124.

    2021      "Satirical Antiracism: Digital Protest Images in Afro-Brazilian Media," in Visual Anthropology Review 37(1): 31-51.

    2017    "All Tangled Up: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Mariana Rondón's Bad Hair" in Black Camera 9(1): 47-61.

    2017    "Representing Black Girlhood in Brazil: Culture and Strategies of Empowerment" in Communication, Culture, and Critique 10(4): 609-625.

    2016    "The Help, Unscripted: Representing the Black Revolutionary Domestic in Afro-Brazilian Media" Feminist Media Studies 16(6): 1043-1056.

    2016    "Learning to Transgress: Law 10.639 and Teacher Training Programs in Brazil" Transforming Anthropology 24(1): 70-79.

    2015    "'Do I Look Suspicious?': Digital Acts, Narratives of Resistance to Police Violence in Brazil" College Language Association Journal 58(3-4): 286 – 302.

    2013    "(En)countering Exceptionalism: Afro-Brazilian Responses to the Rise of Obama." Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies 8(3): 323 – 335.

    Edited Volume Chapters and Commentary

    2023     "I Africanize São Paulo" in International Journal of Fashion Studies 10(2): 249-53.

    2022    "bell hooks's Oppositional Gaze and Black Feminist Film Production in Brazil." In Women's Studies and Communication 45(4): 450-456.

    2022    "Afro-Brazilian Creative Workers Speak: Juliana Vicente's Standpoint Cinema." In Women- Centered Film in Brazil: Filmmakers and Protagonists of the Twenty-First Century. Jack A. Draper III and Cacilda M. Rêgo, eds. Albany: SUNY Press, pp. 217 – 232.

    2016    "But You (Don't) Look Like an African American: African Diaspora Looking Relations between Brazil and the United States." In Race and the Politics of Knowledge Production: Diaspora and Black Transnational Scholarship in the United States and Brazil. Gladys Mitchell-Walthour and Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman, eds. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 99-111.

    2013    "Resistance Televised: The TV da Gente Television Network and Brazilian Racial Politics." In Watching While Black: Centering the Television of Black Audiences. Beretta Smith-Shomade, ed.    New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, pp. 207 – 219.