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Scholar: Chris Dunn

Christopher Dunn received his Ph.D. in Luso-Brazilian Studies from Brown University in 1996, the same year he joined the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Tulane University. He holds a joint appointment with the African Diaspora Studies Program and is a core member of the Stone Center for Latin American Studies. Since 1999, he has served as Director of the Brazilian Studies program at Tulane. His research focuses on cultural politics during the period of the dictatorship, national and regional discourse, popular music, race relations, and black culture in Brazil. He is the author of Brutality Garden: Tropicália and the Emergence of a Brazilian Counterculture published by the University of North Carolina Press (2001) and by Ongaku Na Tomo in Japanese translation (2005). He is co-editor with Charles Perrone of Brazilian Popular Music and Globalization published by Routledge (2001).  At present, he working on a book-length study of the Brazilian counterculture and related artistic expression of the 1970s and preparing a new volume of essays, co-edited with Idelber Avelar, Brazilian Popular Music and Citizenship.