Christopher Brown

Chris Brown


BA (Jt Hons) in History & Hispanic Studies, University of Nottingham, 2008
MSc in Latin American Studies, St Antony's College, University of Oxford, 2009

Research Interests

Modern Brazil
Urban History

Dissertation Topic

"The Playing Fields of Eden: Envisioning the City through Soccer in the Brazilian Amazon"

Faculty Advisors

Jeffrey Lesser
Thomas D. Rogers
Yanna Yannakakis


My dissertation uses soccer as a lens for exploring the history of Manaus, a city at the heart of the Brazilian Amazon. I ask how urban playing fields and spectator venues, contests on and off the field, and surrounding social commentary helped shape and reflect public policies and cultural dynamics in the city. My narrative begins with the establishment of the soccer league of Amazonas in 1914, a long century before Manaus became a high-profile host city of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games.

I came to the United States from Britain as a Fulbright Postgraduate Student in 2011. My research has been supported by the Conference on Latin American History's Scobie Award, Emory University's Professional Development Support Funds, the History Department's Joseph J. Matthews Prize, and a FIFA João Havelange Scholarship.