Bryan Pitts, Associate Director
Bryan Pitts received his Ph.D. in Latin American History from Duke University in 2013 and his M.A. in Latin American Studies from Vanderbilt University in 2006. He arrived at IU in 2018, after postdocs at the Universidade de Brasília and University of Georgia. His book project explores how self-interested, fractious civilian politicians played a surprising role in the demise of Brazil's 1964-1985 military dictatorship, both by pushing back against the military's attempts to reshape political culture and by opportunistically endorsing the wave of civil society mobilization that accompanied the regime's fall. His current project explores the methodological and historical implications of audio sources, using half a century of recordings of sessions of the Brazilian Congress. He also has forthcoming articles on representations of African-descended men in Brazilian gay media and the ways Brazilian gay men's understanding of their sexuality and nationality is reshaped by traveling abroad as tourists. He also analyzes contemporary Brazilian politics for outlets like NACLA and Brasil Wire. As associate director of CLACS, he teaches CLACS's introductory graduate seminar, develops grant proposals, coordinates grant competitions, organizes CLACS events, and promotes Latin American and Caribbean Studies at IU and throughout Indiana.