Paulina Alberto

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Paulina Alberto

Associate Professor

1029 Tisch Hall

Office Location(s): 2705 Haven Hall
Phone: 734.647.4869
palberto@umich.edu

  • Affiliation(s)
    • Romance Languages
  • Fields of Study
    • Latin America
    • Race and nation, racial ideologies, racial politics
    • Afro-Latin America
    • Brazil and Argentina
  • About

    My research asks how ideologies of race and nation have shaped citizenship in Latin American societies since independence. I am particularly interested in the ways that competing definitions of race and nation, enunciated by political and intellectual elites as well as by people of color, produced different multi-racial societies and different ideas about the meanings of racial inclusiveness across Latin America. More broadly, I am interested in the ways that ideas of the racialized nation have historically constituted a point of convergence and trans-national discussion for Latin American intellectuals, as well as a point of entry for historical studies of the idea of Latin America itself.

    My book, Terms of Inclusion, charts the changing terms through which black intellectuals in Brazil defined their multi-racial nation, and their own citizenship within it, between 1920 and 1980. The book draws upon on the understudied writings of black intellectuals themselves-specifically, Brazil's rich imprensa negra or black press. It explores the various ways that these intellectuals used metaphors of the racialized nation like "racial fraternity" and "racial democracy" (generally understood as oppressive dominant discourses) to argue for their inclusion in the nation, and for their rights to racial and cultural distinctiveness.

  • Education
    • Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, 2005
  • Awards
    • Winner of the 2012 Class of 1923 Memorial Teaching Award for Outstanding Teaching of Undergraduates
    • Winner of the 2012 Roberto Reis Prize in Brazilian Studies
  • Selected Publications:
  • Books
  • Articles