Andrew G. Britt

Andrew Britt


MA in Latin American History, Emory University, 2015
BA in History and English, Wake Forest University, 2009

Research Interests

Brazil in a Global Context
Spatial History
Comparative Race and Ethnicity
Digital Humanities
Atlantic History

Dissertation Title

“'I'll Samba Someplace Else': Making and Marking Neighborhoods in São Paulo, 1938-1986”

Faculty Advisors

Jeffrey Lesser
Thomas D. Rogers


Andrew Britt realiza doutorado em história da América Latina na Emory University, em Atlanta, Georgia, EUA. Os seus interesses principais são Brasil moderno, história espacial, e estudos comparativos de identificação étnica. A sua tese examina o desenvolvimento material e cultural de três bairros étnicos na cidade de São Paulo na metade do século XX: Brasilândia, Liberdade e Bixiga. O projeto de pesquisa para a tese é apoiado pelos programas Fulbright-Hays e Social Science Research Council. Ele participa dos grupos de pesquisa CAPPH e HÍMACO, na UNIFESP.


My dissertation examines the making of space and race/ethnicity in three prominent neighborhoods in the city of São Paulo, Brazil’s multicultural megalopolis. The project combines conventional archival approaches with less common methods, such as historical GIS. I completed comprehensive exams in Modern Latin America, Colonial Latin America, and the Atlantic World. Some of my current thematic interests that cross those three areas of inquiry include spatial history, race and ethnicity, and Brazil in a global context. I moonlight as a web developer (front end) and incorporate various digital methods in my research, teaching, and the dissemination of my findings. Examples include a project on the history of two Atlanta neighborhoods, English Avenue and Vine City, a site profiling migrant stories produced by the “Hitchhiking the Atlantic” class I taught in the spring of 2015, and a site (in development) on the history of Brasilânida in São Paulo. 

My research has been supported by the Social Science Research Council Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship, the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship, the Brazilian Studies Association's Brazil Initiation Scholarship, a FLAS grant from the U.S. Department of Education, and Emory University's Professional Development Support Funds.