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Department of History

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M.A. Vanderbilt, 2010.

Master's degree in Education at the Universidade Federal de Pernambuco in Brazil.

Two B.A.s in French and in Spanish/International Studies from the University of Michigan-Flint.


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Courtney Campbell

Courtney J. Campbell defended her dissertation, “The Brazilian Northeast, Inside Out: Region, Nation and Globalization (1926 -1968)", in May 2014 and is currently awaiting an August graduation. Her dissertation focuses on international events that generated representations and transformations of regional identity in the Brazilian Northeast. Courtney has accepted a one-year Past & Present Postdoctoral Fellowship, which is run by the Past & Present Society, and housed at the Institute of Historical Studies at the School of Advanced Research at the University of London.

Courtney is Director of the British Library Endangered Archives Programme project "Digitising endangered seventeenth to nineteenth century secular and ecclesiastical sources in São João do Carirí and João Pessoa, Paraíba, Brazil," administered jointly with students and faculty at Vanderbilt University and the Universidade Federal de Paraíba. Courtney received the IIE/Mellon Graduate Fellowship (funded by the Mellon Foundation to replace the Fulbright-Hays DDRA fellowship), funding her research in several cities of Brazil in 2012. Her paper “Inside Out: Intellectual Views on Northeastern Brazilian Regional Identity and Transnational Change, 1926-1952” won the 2011 Ralph Lee Woodward Jr. Prize from the Latin American and Caribbean Section of the Southern Historical Association. In addition to the IIE Graduate Fellowship, Courtney has received a FIPSE-CAPES grant, the College of Arts and Sciences Summer Research Award, and two Tinker Field Research Grants to carry out research in Brazil. Courtney served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Paraguayan Chaco. Her Master's thesis centered on the concept of Linguistic Imperialism and the history of the teaching of English in the city of Recife. Her adviser at Vanderbilt is Dr. Marshall C. Eakin. You can find her CV at