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Courtney J. Campbell

Lecturer in Latin American History, University of Birmingham

I am a Lecturer in Latin American History, so I teach broadly on Latin America, but my research focuses on Brazil, mostly in cultural and social history. I am from the United States, but was a Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay (2001-2003), then moved to Brazil (2003-2008), where I did my Masters in Education. From Brazil, I moved back to the United States to do my PhD in History (2008-2014). I held a Past and Present Postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute of Historical Research in London (2014-2015), then a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at Tougaloo College (a historically black college outside of Jackson, Mississippi) before moving to Birmingham for my current position. I have published in academic journals on the abolition of slavery in Brazil, on notions of culture and imperialism, on spatial history, and, most recently, in Past and Present on four Brazilian fishermen and a film that Orson Welles attempted to make about them. I am currently finishing a book on how regional identity in Northeastern Brazil was constructed through interaction with the world beyond Brazilian borders in events like beauty pageants, World Cup matches, and social movements. I am also developing research on rebellious Brazilian women who became iconic symbols. I convene the Global History MA programme at the University of Birmingham and am the Brazil Lead for our College of Arts and Law.


  • –present
    Lecturer in Latin American History, University of Birmingham


  • 2014 
    Vanderbilt University, History