I am an assistant professor of digital and Latin American history and core member of the Visual Narrative Initiative at North Carolina State University.


Books (peer-reviewed)

  • Nationalizing Nature: Iguazu Falls and National Parks at the Brazil-Argentina Border. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming May 2021.

  • Big Water: The making of the borderlands between Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay. Co-edited with Jake Blanc. Tucson, AZ: University of Arizona Press, 2018.

Chapters and Articles (peer-reviewed)

  • “Protected Areas in Brazil: History and Current Status,” Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Latin American History. Forthcoming, 2020.

  • “Conservation frontier: The creation of protected areas in the Brazilian Amazonia.” In Frontiers of Development in the Amazon: Riches, Risks, and Resistances. Edited by Antonio Ioris et al. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2020, 51-79.

  • “Terras públicas e política de conservação da natureza: o caos fundiário na formação do Parque Nacional do Iguaçu.” In História Ambiental: Natureza, Sociedade, Fronteiras, volume 3. Edited by José Augusto Drummond et al. Rio de Janeiro: Garamond, 2020, 227-252.

  • “Argentinizing the Border: Conservation and Colonization in the Iguazú National Park, 1890s-1950s.” Individual contribution to the Big Water volume, 2018, 105-128. “Introduction.” Co-written with Jacob Blanc for the Big Water volume, 2018, 2-21.

  • “Ordering the Borderland: Settlement and Removal in the Iguaçu National Park, Brazil, 1940s-1970s.” In The Nature State: Rethinking the History of Conservation. Edited by Hardenberg et al. New York: Routledge, 2017, 158-175.

  • “A Park for the Borderlands: The Creation of the Iguaçu National Park in Southern Brazil, 1880-1940.” HIb: Revista de Historia Iberoamericana 7, no. 2 (2014): 65-88.

  • “As Viagens de Francisco Moreno: Visões da Natureza e Construção da Nação no Extremo Sul Argentino, 1873-1906.” Revista Angelus Novus 1 (2010): 115-143.

Other Publications (non peer-reviewed)

  • “Structure of an interdisciplinary group project.” In The Academic’s Handbook, 4th edition. Edited by Jocelyn Olcott and Lori Flores. Durham: Duke University Press, forthcoming, 2020.

  • “Um Parque para a Fronteira: A Criação do Parque Nacional do Iguaçu no Sul do Brasil,” 1880-1940” Cadernos do CEOM, forthcoming.

  • Review of Javiera Barandiarán. Science and Environment in Chile: The Politics of Expert Advice in a Neoliberal Democracy. H-Environment, Roundtable Review 9, No. 5 (May 2019).

  • “How Brazil’s Neo-Fascism Threatens the Planet.” Current Affairs (November 2018).

  • “The Brazilian Nostalgia for Dictatorship.” Current Affairs (October 2018).

  • Review of Thomas Nail. Theory of the Border. H-Environment, H-Net Reviews (January 2017).

  • “Espaço, História e Ambiente: Entendendo o Desmatamento Através do SIG Histórico, Minas Gerais 1750-1840.” In Ensaios em Ciências Ambientais: Crises Riscos e Racionalidades. Edited by Sandro Dutra e Silva et al. Rio de Janeiro: Garamond, 2016, 217-248.

  • “The Guarani and the Iguaçu National Park: An Environmental History.” ReVista: Harvard Review of Latin America 14, no. 3 (Spring 2015): 18-22.

  • “Spatial History and Digital Humanities, an Interview with Brazilianist Zephyr Frank.” História e Cultura 3, no. 1 (2014): 375-392.

  • “Land Use and Deforestation in Southeastern Brazil, 1753-1840.” Fronteiras: Journal of Social, Technological, and Environmental Science 2, no. 2 (2013): 49-77.

  • Review of Martha Few and Zeb Tortorici (Org.). Centering Animals in Latin American History in Historia Ambiental Latinoamericana y Caribeña 3, no. 1 (2013-2014): 229-232.

  • Translation from Portuguese to English: Eduardo Viveiros de Castro. “Some Reflections on the Notion of Species.” E-Misférica/Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics 10, no. 1 (2013).

  • Translation from English to Portuguese: Ed Cohen. “Tendências Humanas.” E-Misférica/Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics 10, no. 1 (2013).

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