History, Politics and Cultural Heritage: research areas

The program is comprised of one field of study with three research areas. Focusing the intellectual investment upon which the academic activities of the program are based, the field of study “History, Politics and Cultural Heritage” encompasses the major areas of research in history, politics, and culture conducted by faculty and students.


Institutions and Politcs

Research on institutions and politics is at the root of CPDOC’s identity and is the hallmark of production by a significant number of participating faculty in the program. They analyze actions, practices and perceptions of social groups and institutions, primarily, but also of individuals. Studies in this area contribute to a better understanding of the processes of institution-building and decision-making within the structures of government and public authority. They explore the role of political and social leaders, as well as their multiple and complex interfaces with broader political institutions. They also discuss public policies and their social impact on the construction of citizenship, bolstering academic studies of individual trajectories and biographies. Activities in this area are connected to the following research area working groups: Political Studies Lab; Institutional Studies Lab; Military Studies Lab; and Digital Humanities Lab.

- Institutions and Politics

Américo Oscar Guichard Freire  •  PhD in History – UFRJ (1998)
- History of Rio de Janeiro
- Political history of republican Brazil

Angela Moreira Domingues da Silva • PhD in History - CPDOC/FGV (2011)
- Authoritarianism in Brazil
- Judicial systems

Celso Corrêa Pinto de Castro • PhD in Social Anthropology – UFRJ (1995)
- Tourism and cultural heritage
- Theory of culture

Jairo Cesar Marconi Nicolau • PhD in Political Science – IUPERJ (1995)
- Brazilian politics
- Parties, elections, and political behavior

Jaqueline Porto Zulini • PhD in Political Science – USP (2016)
- Comparative political institutions
- History, politics, and institutions

Jimmy Medeiros • PhD in Public Policy, Strategy and Development – IE/UFRJ (2016)
- Public policy
- Social safety net

Márcio Grijó Vilarouca • PhD in Political Science – IUPERJ (2007)
- Executive-legislative relations
- Brazilian political institutions

Marco Aurélio Vannucchi Leme de Mattos • PhD in History - USP (2011)
- History of republican Brazil
- Social institutions

Martina Spohr • PhD in Social History – UFRJ (2016)
- Political history of republican Brazil
- Historical collections and methodology

Sérgio Praça • PhD in Political Science – USP (2010)
- Brazilian political institutions
- Bureaucracy and politics

2. Memory and Culture

The history of memory and the fundamental role it has in the constitution of social identities are central to the work developed by many program faculty members. In this research area, investigations of the concepts of heritage, material and immaterial culture, tradition and representation are addressed through different methods and approaches. Themes range from Brazilian social thought to soccer, from museums to cinema and television, from popular festivals to civic celebrations. An important part of the research studies developed in this area is based on the CPDOC tradition of developing methodologies for the processing of archives and establishing oral history collections, always combined with critical reflection on the social processes of production and circulation of historical sources. Activities in this area are connected to the following working groups: Collections, Memory, and Information Lab; Social Thought Lab; Audiovisual Studies Lab; Sports Studies Lab; and Tourism Studies Lab.

- Memory and Culture

Bernardo Buarque de Hollanda   •  PhD in Social History of Culture - PUC-Rio (2008)
- Brazilian social thought
- Social history of sports

Carolina Gonçalves Alves • PhD in Social Sciences - UERJ (2022)
- Sociology of culture
- Archives, memory, and intersectionalities

Daniele Chaves Amado • PhD in History - Unirio (2022)
- Archives, heritage management and education
- History methodology and instruction

João Marcelo Ehlert Maia • PhD in Sociology – IUPERJ (2006)
- Brazilian social thought
- Sociology of culture

Silvia Monnerat Barbosa • PhD in Social Anthropology – Museu Nacional/UFRJ (2014)
- Urban anthropology
- Anthropological theory

Thaís Blank • PhD in Communication and Culture – UFRJ (2015)
- Visual culture
- Cinema and history

Vivian Fonseca • PhD in History, Politics and Cultural Heritage - FGV/CPDOC (2014)
- Heritage, memory, and history instruction
- History of sports

Collaborating Faculty

Lucia Maria Lippi Oliveira • PhD in Sociology - USP
- Brazilian social thought
- National identity; immigration

3. International Relations

This research area includes multiple activities of research and analysis of the international transformations of the foreign policies of nation-states and international actions by non-state actors. Research activities include not only those exclusively related to international relations, but also studies that use conceptual frameworks from other fields of knowledge, including history, sociology, economics, and law, with the aim of understanding events of international history and politics. The topics addressed in this research area include: global transformations and emerging powers; regional integration processes; comparative foreign policy analysis; international security; and global history. Activities in this research area are connected to programming and events at the Center for International Relations.

- International Relations

Matias Spektor  •  PhD in International Relations - Oxford University (2007)
- International relations
- Research methods in social sciences and history

Oliver Stuenkel • PhD in Political Science - Duisburg-Essen University - Germany (2011)
- International relations
- Foreign policy of emerging powers

Paula Vedoveli • PhD in History - Princeton University (2019)
- International relations