Glen Goodman PhD

 Glen Goodman

Contact Information

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

Office Hours

  • Wednesdays 2:00-3:00
Assistant Professor

Additional Campus Affiliations


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.

Research Interests

  • 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

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Region, Nation, and Social Science: An Interview with Joseph L.Love on Fifty Years Studying Brazil The Americas 71 1 2019, p. 137-152. Link.
Consuming the café colonial: German ethnicity and touristic migrant marketplaces in southern Brazil Global Food history 4 1 2018, p. 40-58. Link.
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, p. 22-28.
The Enduring Politics of German-Brazilian Ethnicity German History 33 3 2015, p. 423-438.

Book Contributions

Comparada, Conectada, Mundial/Global, ou Transnacional: a história da imigração entre tantos rótulos Imigração na América Latina: estudos comparados edited by Claudio Pereira Emir, edited by Marcos Witt, edited by Oswaldo Truzzi. Comparada, Conectada, Mundial/Global, ou Transnacional: a história da imigração entre tantos rótulos Edited by Claudio Pereira Emir, Edited by Marcos Witt, Edited by Oswaldo Truzzi, São Leopoldo Oikos; UNISINOS 2018.


A Reprodução do Racismo História, Debates e Tendências 16 2 2016, p. 508-511.
Brazil Under Construction: Fiction and Public Works The Latin Americanist 60 3 2016, p. 415-416.
The Vigorous Core of Our Nationality: Race and Regional Identity in Northeastern Brazil, by Stanley Blake. Estudios Interdisciplinarios de America Latina y el Caribe 23 2 Source Author Stanley Blake, 2013, p. 129-131. Full Text.

Special Issues of a Journal

História e Linguagens: usos historiográficos História, Debates e Tendências 16 2 2016.

Magazine Articles

As Alemanhas Encantadas Revista de História 2014, p. 24-27. Full Text.