Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute

Tulane University

Christopher Dunn

Associate Professor - Spanish & Portuguese

Contact Info


  • B.A., Colorado College, History, 1987
  • M.A., Brown University, Brazilian Studies, 1992
  • Ph.D., Brown University, Brazilian Studies, 1996

Academic Experience

  • Associate Professor, Tulane University, 2002-
  • Visiting Professor, Universidade Federal da Bahia, 2002
  • Assistant Professor, Tulane University, 1996-2001

Research & Teaching Specializations: Brazilian Literary and Cultural Studies; Popular Music; Countercultures; African Diaspora Studies

Related Experience

  • Chair, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Tulane University, 2003-2009, 2012-2013
  • Program Chair, IX Congress of Brazilian Studies Association, 2008
  • Member, Executive Committee of Brazilian Studies Association, 2002-2006
  • Manuscript evaluation for Duke University Press, University of Pittsburgh Press, Wesleyan University Press, Indiana University Press, Luso-Brazilian Review, PMLA, Hispanic American Historical Review, Latin American Music Review, Studies in Latin American Popular Culture, Current Anthropology, Afro-Asia, Identities, Hispanic Review, Calalloo


  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 2013-2014
  • Latin Americanist Graduate Organization (LAGO) Outstanding Faculty Member Service Award, Stone Center for Latin American Studies, 2008
  • Fulbright Teaching Fellowship, 2002
  • Fulbright Fellowship, 1994-1995


  • Portuguese
  • Spanish

Selected Publications

  • 2014. “Mapping Tropicália.” In The Global Sixties in Sound and Vision: Media, Counterculture, Revolt. Timothy Brown and Andrew Lison, eds. New York: Palgrave-Macmillan.
  • 2014. “Desbunde and its Discontents: Counterculture and Authoritarian Modernization in Brazil, 1968-1974.” The Americas.
  • 2013. “Experience the Experimental: Avant-Garde, Cultura Marginal, and Counterculture in Brazil, 1968-1972.” Luso-Brazilian Review.
  • 2012. “Por entre máscaras cool, twists mornos e jazz fervente: Bossa Nova no cenário norte-americano, 1961-1964.” In João Gilberto. Edited by Walter Garcia. São Paulo: Cosac Naify, (251-270).
  • 2011. Brazilian Popular Music and Citizenship. Edited with Idelber Avelar. Durham: Duke University Press.
  • 2009. “Tom Zé and the performance of citizenship in Brazil.” Popular Music. 28 (2): 217-237.
  • 2008. “A Roma Negra e o Big Easy: Raça, cultura e discurso em Salvador e Nova Orleans.” Afro-Ásia. 37: 119-151.
  • 2006. “A Retomada Freyreana.” In Gilberto Freyre e los Estudios Latinoamericanos. Edited by Joshua Lund and Malcolm McNee. Pittsburgh: Instituto de Literatura Iberoamericana. 35-51.
  • 2001. Brutality Garden: Tropicalia and the Emergence of a Brazilian Counterculture. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press.

Recently-Taught Latin American-Related Courses: Brazilian Cultural Imaginaries (São Paulo); Brazilian Modernities; Luso-Brazilian Cities (Salvador, Bahia), Brazilian Literature and the City; Afro-Brazilians

Number of Dissertations or Theses Supervised in the Past 5 Years: 7





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Upcoming Events

Latin American Graduate Oraganization (LAGO) 2018 Conference: Call for Proposals

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The Latin American Graduate Organization will be hosting its 2018 Latin American Studies Conference titled Thinking of the Future: Expanding the possible in the Americas (Pensando en el porvenir: Expandiendo lo posible en las Américas) February 23 – 25, 2018, at Tulane University, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

This year, the conference topic is meant to challenge academics and activists to move beyond critiques and recommendations of how to address modern days issues, and instead articulate a vision of and for the future.

The LAGO Conference welcomes all disciplines and all approaches, as long as the project attempts to grapple with the idea of building something better. This is a Latin American Studies Conference, but creative writers, journalists, artists, performers, organizers, lawyers and healthcare providers as well as graduate students and other academics are welcome. Proposals are accepted in Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole, and English.

Deadlines: Abstracts of papers and projects are due November 25, 2017. Abstracts of papers or project descriptions must not exceed 300 words.

Please contact with questions. For more information, visit the official conference website.