Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Christopher Dunn

Associate Professor - Spanish & Portuguese

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  • B.A., Colorado College, History, 1987
  • M.A., Brown University, Brazilian Studies, 1992
  • Ph.D., Brown University, Brazilian Studies, 1996

Academic Experience

  • Associate Professor, Tulane University, 2002-
  • Visiting Professor, Universidade Federal da Bahia, 2002
  • Assistant Professor, Tulane University, 1996-2001

Research & Teaching Specializations: Brazilian Literary and Cultural Studies; Popular Music; Countercultures; African Diaspora Studies

Related Experience

  • Chair, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Tulane University, 2003-2009, 2012-2013
  • Program Chair, IX Congress of Brazilian Studies Association, 2008
  • Member, Executive Committee of Brazilian Studies Association, 2002-2006
  • Manuscript evaluation for Duke University Press, University of Pittsburgh Press, Wesleyan University Press, Indiana University Press, Luso-Brazilian Review, PMLA, Hispanic American Historical Review, Latin American Music Review, Studies in Latin American Popular Culture, Current Anthropology, Afro-Asia, Identities, Hispanic Review, Calalloo


  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 2013-2014
  • Latin Americanist Graduate Organization (LAGO) Outstanding Faculty Member Service Award, Stone Center for Latin American Studies, 2008
  • Fulbright Teaching Fellowship, 2002
  • Fulbright Fellowship, 1994-1995

Languages: Portuguese; Spanish

Selected Publications

  • 2014. "Mapping Tropicália." In The Global Sixties in Sound and Vision: Media, Counterculture, Revolt. Timothy Brown and Andrew Lison, eds. New York: Palgrave-Macmillan.
  • 2014. "Desbunde and its Discontents: Counterculture and Authoritarian Modernization in Brazil, 1968-1974." The Americas.
  • 2013. "Experience the Experimental: Avant-Garde, Cultura Marginal, and Counterculture in Brazil, 1968-1972." Luso-Brazilian Review.
  • 2012. "Por entre máscaras cool, twists mornos e jazz fervente: Bossa Nova no cenário norte-americano, 1961-1964." In João Gilberto. Edited by Walter Garcia. São Paulo: Cosac Naify, (251-270).
  • 2011. Brazilian Popular Music and Citizenship. Edited with Idelber Avelar. Durham: Duke University Press.
  • 2009. "Tom Zé and the performance of citizenship in Brazil." Popular Music. 28 (2): 217-237.
  • 2008. "A Roma Negra e o Big Easy: Raça, cultura e discurso em Salvador e Nova Orleans." Afro-Ásia. 37: 119-151.
  • 2006. "A Retomada Freyreana." In Gilberto Freyre e los Estudios Latinoamericanos. Edited by Joshua Lund and Malcolm McNee. Pittsburgh: Instituto de Literatura Iberoamericana. 35-51.
  • 2001. Brutality Garden: Tropicalia and the Emergence of a Brazilian Counterculture. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press.

Recently-Taught Latin American-Related Courses: Brazilian Cultural Imaginaries (São Paulo); Brazilian Modernities; Luso-Brazilian Cities (Salvador, Bahia), Brazilian Literature and the City; Afro-Brazilians

Number of Dissertations or Theses Supervised in the Past 5 Years: 7









Upcoming Events

The Right to Memory: The Making of São Paulo's Resistance Memorial

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Kátia Felipini, Coordinator, São Paulo Resistance Memorial, will give a talk entitled “The Right to Memory: The Making of São Paulo's Resistance Memorial.” The talk will be in Portuguese.

The Resistance Memorial is Brazil's first national memorial dedicated to preserving memories of the political resistance and repression that occurred during the civil-military dictatorship that governed the country from 1964 to 1985. Kátia Felipini, who participated as a museologist in developing the memorial and now serves as its coordinator, will discuss the complex process of the memorial's creation and the lessons it offers for other sites in Brazil and around the world. This lecture will be given in Portuguese.

Sponsored by the Center for Scholars, the Stone Center for Latin American Studies, Newcomb-Tulane College, and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. For more information please contact Rebecca Atencio (

The Traveler and the Ethnographic Ethos in the work of Juan José Saer and Bernardo Carvalho

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Anderson da Mata, an Assistant Professor of literary theory at Universidade de Brasília, will give a talk entitled “The Traveler and the Ethnographic Ethos in the work of Juan José Saer and Bernardo Carvalho.” The talk will be given in Portuguese.

Anderson da Mata is an Assistant Professor of literary theory at the Universidade de Brasília and author of O silêncio das crianças: representações da infância na narrativa brasileira contemporânea (Londrina: EDUEL, 2010).

Sponsored by Newcomb-Tulane College and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. For more information please contact Rebecca Atencio (

Bruno Bosteels speaks at Loyola University

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The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Loyola University presents: “Politics and Violence in Latin America: Democracy in the Criticism of Arms,” a talk by Bruno Bosteels, Professor of Romance Studies at Cornell University. Bosteels is the author of Badiou and Politics, Marx and Freud in Latin America, and The Actuality of Communism, among other works.

For more information on this event, please contact Josefa Salmon at

This event is sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies and the Caribbean, The Languages & Cultures Department at Loyola University, Rev. Scott Youree Watson, Gregory F. Curtin & Rev. Guy Lemieux SJ SAK Distinguished Professorships.

For the event flyer, click here.

The Pebbles Center turns 10!

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The Pebbles Center is celebrating its 10th Anniversary! The 10th anniversary falls on Dia, a celebration of children and reading. To celebrate, the Pebbles Center is hosting renowned children’s book author Jorge Argueta. Mr. Argueta was a guest at the inauguration of the Pebbles Center 10 years ago. See photographs from Mr. Argueta’s previous visit here. He will present an interactive presentation based on some of his most recent books.

Jorge Tetl Argueta is a celebrated Salvadoran poet and writer whose bi-lingual children’s books have received numerous awards. A native Salvadoran and Pipil Nahua Indian, Jorge spent much of his childhood in rural El Salvador. He feels that everybody is capable of writing, especially young children who are natural poets! Argueta has written a series of delicious cooking poems perfect for reading while cooking or incorporating food into the classroom. Come out and celebrate with us!

Children and parents will be able to enjoy a wonderful reading and a workshop highlighting the delicious foods found in his books. We will be of course providing snacks as well as be able to distribute a handful of bilingual books donated by the New Orleans Public Library.

El 30 de abril es una fecha muy significativa para los niños. Se celebra el día de los niños y de los libros. Esta celebración se conoce como El día de los niños/ El día de los libros, y celebra la alegría y las maravillas de la infancia y la importancia de los libros en nuestra vida. Ven a celebrar con nosotros el día con autor salvadoreño Jorge Argueta.

Para una lista con la dirreción de todas las bibliotecas, por favor visite la página de web de la biblioteca pública de la Nueva Orleáns.

For more information or if you have questions please contact the Latin American Resource Center at or check our Facebook page.

Sponsored by the Stone Center for Latin American Studies, and the New Orleans Public Library.

Photo by Nina Menconi.

Art Syncopation

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The Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival are pleased to present an art exhibit of renowned artist Angel Gonzalez de la Tijera entitled “Art Syncopation.” An opening reception will be held on April 22nd at 6 PM. The exhibit will be on display through May 20th.

Angel Gonzalez de la Tijera is an important Mexican Painter and one of the most significant contributors to contemporary figurative Mexican art. His work primarily focuses on figures and portraits in conjunction with music. His art reveals form and substance in a realistic manner.

Gonzalez de la Tijera was born in Mexico City in 1958. He developed his painting style, figurative realism, as a student of master painter Santiago Carbonell.