Barbara Weinstein, a CLACS affiliated Professor of History at NYU, was recently awarded the prestigious NYU Silver Professorship. Wienstein has taught at NYU since 2007, and previously taught at University of Maryland-College Park, the State University of New York at Stony Brook and Vanderbilt University. Her research has focused on 19th and 20th centruy Brazil, specifically around issues of gender, race, labor and political economy in São Paulo and the Amazon.
Wienstein’s current research:
… considers a period in Brazilian history when the state of São Paulo emerged as the nation’s dominant economic center and political force. Tracing elite and scholarly discourses in this period, she explores the way in which “paulistas” (natives of São Paulo), deploying highly racialized discourses, constructed a notion of São Paulo exceptionalism that produced a hierarchical, almost imperial view of the region’s position within the Brazilian nation. A principal objective of this research is to illuminate the processes by which modernity in Brazil became “racialized” and identified with “whiteness” even as elites proclaimed their nation to be a racial democracy.
The Silver Professors are a select group of NYU faculty, currently totaling 43, who stand apart because of the remarkable depth and range of their research. Silver Professors are chosen based on their, “focus on important issues in the scholars’ fields, with an emphasis on the questions and concerns they think will prove the most promising, the most difficult, and the most dominant over the next 5 to 10 years.”
Posted by Von Diaz – MA Candidate at CLACS / Global Journalism at NYU