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Glen Goodman PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Affiliated faculty: Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures; Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies; Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies

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  • Address:
    Department of Spanish and Portuguese
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    4080 Foreign Languages Building, MC-176
    707 S. Mathews Avenue
    Urbana, IL 61801

    Office: FLB 4129
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Office Hours

  • Prof. Goodman is on leave AY 2017-2018


A proud native of Arizona, I received my PhD in History from Emory University in 2015.  My dissertation examined the multiple understandings and constructions of German-Brazilian ethnicity in the mid-20th century.  During my studies I conducted research in various sites in Brazil, Germany, the U.S., and the UK.  This research was supported by the Fulbright Program, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and Emory University’s Laney Graduate School and History Department. 


Prior to my PhD I received my B.A. from Georgetown University with majors in Comparative Literature and Spanish and a minor in German. My honors thesis dealt with issues of cultural hierarchies in ancient and modern translation practices. I then pursued a M.Sc. in Latin American Studies at Oxford University (Exeter College), awarded with distinction in 2006.My thesis looked at the political and philosophical history of Chile's most conservative and most popular party, the Unión Democrática Independiente (UDI).  In my non-academic career I've worked as a journalist in England and Colombia and trained Le Cordon Bleu in Paris for six months.

Specializations / Research Interest(s)

19th and 20th Century Brazil, Migration and Ethnicity, Modern Latin American History and Culture, Food Studies, Race formation,

Research Description

  • My work focuses on the intersectionsbetween (im)migration, race, ethnicity, and regional and national identities intwentieth century Brazil. My current book project, tentatively titled IndelibleWhiteness? Race, Nation, and German Ethnicity in Brazil explores the tensions among social meaningsof whiteness and German ethnicity that circulated in nineteenth and twentiethcentury Brazil.  In this and other projectsI am particularly interested in incorporating material culture such as tourism,cuisine, and architecture into my research. 


  • 2017: Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant to Brazil (Spring 2018)
  • 2017: German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Research Stay for Academics and Scientists, Ibero-Amerikanisches Institute and the Freie Universität, Berlin (Summer 2017)
  • 2016: Humanities Released Time, Campus Research Board, UIUC (Fall 2017)
  • 2015: Arnold O. Beckman Research Award, Campus Research Board, UIUC
  • 2012: The Blair Rogers Major and James Russell Major Dissertation Award, Emory University
  • 2012: German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Graduate Scholarship
  • 2011: Fulbright Fellowship, Brazil


  • PORT 320: Brazilian Regionalisms
  • PORT 404: 20th Century Brazilan Social Thought
  • PORT 404: Hungering for Brazil: food, agriculture, and hunger in Brazilian society
  • PORT 404: Brazil's Diasporas
  • PORT 406: Brazilian Film
  • SPAN 324: Encounters
  • SPAN 326: Constructing National Identities in Latin America


Journal Articles

  • "A Stone in Brazil’s Shoe: The Dystopian Northeast in the Brazilian National Imaginary." Review: Literature and Arts of the Americas 92/93 49.1-2 (2016): 22-28.
  • "The Enduring Politics of German-Brazilian Ethnicity ." German History 33.3 (2015): 423-438.

Special Issues of a Journal

  • História e Linguagens: usos historiográficos. Spec. iss. of História, Debates e Tendências 16.2 (2016):

Magazine Articles

  • "As Alemanhas Encantadas." Revista de História. 1 Mar. 2014: 24-27.


  • Rev. of A Reprodução do RacismoHistória, Debates e Tendências 16.2 (2016): 508-511.
  • Rev. of Brazil Under Construction: Fiction and Public WorksThe Latin Americanist 60.3 (2016): 415-416.
  • Rev. of The Vigorous Core of Our Nationality: Race and Regional Identity in Northeastern Brazil, , by Stanley E. Blake. Estudios Interdisciplinarios de America Latina y el Caribe 23.2 (2013): 129-131.

Research Interests

  • 19th and 20th Century Brazil
  • Migration and Ethnicity
  • Modern Latin American History and Culture
  • Food Studies