Brazilian Studies

Brazilian Studies Program

The Brazilian Studies Program (BSP) brings the substantial resources of CLAS to the study of the largest, most populous country in South America. In terms of faculty, library resources, publications, language training, numbers of students, and variety of sustained relations with Brazil, CLAS has been a consistent leader in Brazilian Studies in the United States. The Brazilian Studies Program serves to promote Brazilian and Brazilianist scholarship in Pittsburgh -- regularly bringing together students and faculty who have conducted research in Brazil (or plan to carry out research) and organizing programs and activities related to Brazil at the University.

Brazilianist Faculty

University of Pittsburgh faculty whose research focuses on Brazil or who incorporate the study of Brazil in their research and teaching are listed below. For information about these faculty, please see the brief biographical sketches in the Faculty and Staff Directory.

*Indicates fluency in Portuguese.


Regularly offered courses that focus on or incorporate the study of Brazil are listed below. For information about these courses, please see the course descriptions under Courses.

  • AFRCNA 0028/HIST 0502: Afro-Latin America
  • AFRCNA 1009: Women of Africa and the African Diaspora
  • ANTH 1751: People and Environment in Amazonia
  • BUS 1946, 1953, and 1979: Study Abroad Programs in Brazil
  • HIST 1772: Race, Caste and Ethnicity in Global Perspective
  • MUSIC 1332: Music in Latin America
  • PS 1322: Latin American Political Development
  • PS 2561/PIA 2330: Topics in Global Political Economy: Latin America
  • SPAN 1303: Capstone Seminar in Language and Culture: The Nation and Its Crises in Latin American Writing
  • SPAN 2450/PORT 1052: Contemporary Latin American Literature: Modern Brazilian Narrative/Luso-Brazilian Literature
  • SPAN 2460: Latin American Drama? New Narrative Imaginaries in Latin America: "Narco" Literature, Fantasies of Violence, Aesthetics of Transgression SPAN 2461/PORT 1053: Luso-Brazilian Topics: Fiction
  • SPAN 2465: Seminar on 20th Century Topics: Indigenism and Ethnic Politics


The Eduardo Lozano Latin American Library Collection at the University of Pittsburgh contains extensive holdings on Brazil. Over 85 percent of the volumes in this extraordinary collection are in Spanish and Portuguese. Approximately 36,000 volumes and over 1,000 periodical titles are in Portuguese. For additional information, click here.

Undergraduate Seminar/Field Trip

Each year, CLAS offers a unique seminar and field research experience. The CLAS Undergraduate Seminar/Field Trip involves a preparatory seminar on the country to be visited, followed by a six-week field trip to that country. CLAS heavily subsidizes the cost of the trip to place it within the means of virtually all students. Student participants register for a seminar in the spring term (January-April) that prepares them for the field trip through study of the culture, economics, geography, history, and politics of the area to be visited. Students also are introduced to research methodology and are guided through the development of a project, which forms the basis for research they conduct while in the field. In the summer session (mid-May through mid-June), the students travel to Latin America where they reside with host families and undertake their research projects under the direction of a CLAS faculty member. Approximately every four years, the seminar/field trip focuses on Brazil. The 2005 field trip took place in Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil. For information on the current seminar/field trip, click here.

São Paulo/Pittsburgh Consortium on
Building Sustainable Urban Environments

Founded in December 2000, the São Paulo/Pittsburgh Consortium on Building Sustainable Urban Environments is composed of five research universities in the Brazilian State of São Paulo and in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: the University of Pittsburgh (UP), Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), the Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP), the Universidade de São Paulo (USP), and the Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). The Consortium was created to pursue research and teaching on the Sustainable Urban Environment Project (SUEP). The objective of SUEP is to promote ways in which government, industry, and universities can work together to achieve urban economic development in a way that is compatible with environmental protection. Its goals are to: create high quality research; enhance the education of graduate and undergraduate students; inform theory and policy making in sustainable urban environments; and build an integrated, sustainable research and training program that benefits both Brazilian and U.S. policy institutions, researchers, and students.

International Executive MBA Program

The International Executive MBA offered by the University of Pittsburgh's Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business in SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL, is a top-ranked MBA program for high performance professionals, providing world-class information and training that increases each individual's value to a company. The program is designed and taught by experienced, outstanding faculty for a select group of men and women who are interested in becoming the best, most in-demand performers in their industries.

The curriculum, entrance requirements, quality standards and format of the Katz IEMBA program are the same as those for the Executive MBA programs currently being offered by Katz in Pittsburgh. Upon completing your MBA program in São Paulo, you are awarded an MBA degree from the University of Pittsburgh's Katz Graduate School of Business. This is the same degree awarded to Katz students in the U.S. Whether you are in Brazil, the U.S., Europe or Asia, your diploma is recognized and respected around the globe.

IGERT (Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship)

Partnership with Mascaro Sustainability Initiative (MSI), School of Engineering, on NSF IGERT (Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship) Program: MSI is partnering with the BSP and the University of Campinas (UNICAMP) in São Paulo, Brazil to provide international research rotations for graduate students in its NSF-funded IGERT program. The BSP also will provide training in the Portuguese language and an orientation to Brazil for the IGERT students. For information on the IGERT, click here.