Professor of History
Professor Darién J. Davis teaches courses in Latin American cultural and social history, and on diaspora and immigration. His major areas of research are Brazilian social and cultural history, African and Latino' diasporas in the Atlantic world and transnational cultural formation and resistance. He is the author of numerous articles on human rights, patriotism, immigration, and transnationalism. His latest book manuscript is entitled White Face, Black Mask: Africaneity and the Early Social History of Brazilian Popular Music (2009).
He is also the editor of three scholarly volumes dedicated to Diaspora studies: Slavery and Beyond: The African Impact on Latin America and the Caribbean (1995), Beyond Slavery: The Multi-faceted Legacy of Africans in Latin America and the Caribbean (2006), Companion to US Latino Literatures (2007). He is currently working on a manuscript on Jewish refugees to Brazil during World War II.