On Leave Fall 2014
M.A. Stanford University (1989)
M.A. University of Wisconsin, Madison (1990)
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, Madison, History (1997)
HIST 143Soccer and History in Latin America: Making the Beautiful Game
HIST 242Latin America From Conquest to Independence
HIST 243Modern Latin America, 1822 to the Present
HIST 245 / AFR 346(S)History of Modern Brazil
HIST 301(S)Approaching the Past: Modern National, Transnational, and Postcolonial Histories
HIST 347Democracy and Dictatorship in Latin America
HIST 492 TRevolutionary Thought in Latin America
Roger A 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 current research focuses on the construction of identities in Brazilian soccer from the late 1950s mid-1980s. Looking particularly at debates over strategies and styles of play in Brazil, he 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. His previous work centered on the formation of the social and cultural history of political ideas in Brazil’s southernmost state over 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. The emergence of new political identities during and after slavery lie at the heart of that project and are the topic of his other new research, which takes on the adaptation of Liberal thought in Brazil in the late colonial and early independent era. In addition to his surveys on colonial and modern Latin American history, Roger’s courses include 100-level seminars on gender in the twentieth century and the rise and fall of the Mexican Revolution; upper-division classes on modern Brazil, nations and nationalisms in Latin America; a research seminar on slavery, race, and ethnicity in Latin American; and a tutorial on revolutionary thought in the region’s history. He has also been part of the Latina/o Studies Program since its inception.
The Country of Football: Soccer and the Making of Modern Brazil (in progress)
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).
Modern Latin America, Modern Brazil, Political and Cultural History of Latin America, Gender and Sports
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, ’10 – Influence and Impotence: Multinational Corporations and the US Government in Guatemala and Chile
Lizzie Gomez, ’08 – The Puzzle of a Revolution: Sendero Luminoso’s Guerilla War in the Peruvian Highlands
Christine Emily Rodriguez, ’06 – Apathy Revisited: Claim to Place by Puerto Rican Housing Organizations in Manhattan and Philadelphia, 1968-1985
Adriel Cepeda-Derieux, ’05 – With the Joint Efforts of All Men of Good Will: Cuba and Puerto Rico in the Cuban Revolutionary Party, 1892-1898
Joel Hebert, ’04 – Un-American Pastime: International Scouting in Major League Baseball
Program Connections at Williams
Latina/o Studies Program (2011-2014)