Roger Kittleson

Roger Kittleson
Professor of History
Hollander Hall Rm 115

Fall 2015 Class Hours:

Mon/Wed/Fri – 11:00 am to 12:15 pm

Wed – 1:10 pm to 3:50 pm


Office Hours:

Mon – 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
(and by appointment)


B.A. Northwestern University (1985)
M.A. Stanford University (1989)
M.A. University of Wisconsin, Madison (1990)
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, Madison, History (1997)


Note: courses in gray are not offered this academic year.

HIST 143(F)

Soccer and History in Latin America: Making the Beautiful Game

HIST 242

Latin America From Conquest to Independence

HIST 243(F)

Modern Latin America, 1822 to the Present

HIST 245 / AFR 346

History of Modern Brazil

HIST 301

Approaching the Past: Modern National, Transnational, and Postcolonial Histories

HIST 347(S)

Democracy and Dictatorship in Latin America

HIST 443 / AFR 443

Race and Ethnicity in Latin America

HIST 492 T(S)

Revolutionary Thought in Latin America


Roger Kittleson’s teaching ranges across Latin American history from the European invasion to the present, with a special interest in political and cultural history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His recent book, The Country of Football, focuses on the construction of identities in Brazilian soccer from the 1890s to the eve of the 2014 World Cup. Looking particularly at debates over strategies and styles of play in Brazil, the book examines the tense negotiations of race, masculinity, and region in a period from the heroic triumph of three World Cup victories to the anguished discussions that resulted from the bitter failures of the early post-Pelé period. Roger’s previous work centered on the social and cultural history of political ideas in the second half of the nineteenth century, from the close of one civil war in 1845 to the outbreak of a second in the 1890s. He is now researching two new projects. The first looks at connections between soccer clubs and national politics in Brazil during the Cold War. The second, broader work analyzes notions of precariousness in Brazilian culture in the first half of the twentieth century. In addition to surveys on colonial and modern Latin American history and on modern Brazil, his courses include a 100-level seminar on soccer and history across Latin America; an upper-division class on democracy and dictatorship in Latin America; the seminar on methods and theories of international and transnational history; a research seminar on slavery, race, and ethnicity in Latin American; and a tutorial on revolutionary thought in the region’s history. Roger has also been part of the Latina/o Studies Program since its inception.

Selected Publications

“The Wonders and Challenges of Blackness in Brazil’s ‘Mulatto Football’: Fausto dos Santos,” in Football and the Boundaries of History, edited by Brenda Elsey and Stanislao Pugliese (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming)

The Country of Football: Soccer and the Making of Modern Brazil.  University of California Press, 2014.

The Practice of Politics in Post-Colonial Brazil: Porto Alegre, 1845-1895. University of Pittsburgh Press, 2005.

“Women and Notions of Womanhood in Brazilian Abolitionism.” In Gender and Slave Emancipation in the Atlantic World, edited by Diana Paton and Pamela Scully. Duke University Press, 2005.

“Jacobina Maurer, German-Brazilian Mystic.” In The Human Tradition in Modern Brazil, edited by Peter Beattie. Scholarly Resources, 2004.

“The Paraguayan War and Political Culture in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, 1865-80.” In I Die with My Country: Perspectives on the Paraguayan War, edited by Thomas Whigham and Hendrik Kraay. University of Nebraska Press, 2004.

“‘Campaign All of Peace and Charity’: Gender and the Politics of Abolitionism in Porto Alegre, Brazil, 1879-1888,” Slavery and Abolition (December 2001).

Research Interests

Modern Latin America, Modern Brazil, Political and Cultural History of Latin America, Gender and Sports

Theses Advised

Quinn Solfisbug, ’14 Savages or Activists?  U.S. Journalists Narrate Ecuadorian Indigenous Movements, 1990-1995

Kristen Sinicariello, ’13 – Reconciliation without Justice:  The Politics of Memory in Post-Dictatorship Uruguay

Adriana Mendoza Leigh, ’12 ‘Re-membering’:  The Struggle for Memory in Postwar Peru

R. Alexander Dyroff, ’10Influence and Impotence: Multinational Corporations and the US Government in Guatemala and Chile

Lizzie Gomez, ’08The Puzzle of a Revolution: Sendero Luminoso’s Guerilla War in the Peruvian Highlands

Christine Emily Rodriguez, ’06Apathy Revisited: Claim to Place by Puerto Rican Housing Organizations in Manhattan and Philadelphia, 1968-1985

Adriel Cepeda-Derieux, ’05With the Joint Efforts of All Men of Good Will: Cuba and Puerto Rico in the Cuban Revolutionary Party, 1892-1898

Joel Hebert, ’04Un-American Pastime: International Scouting in Major League Baseball

Program Connections at Williams

Latina/o Studies


Current Committees

Latina/o Studies Program
Lecture Committee, Chair