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Tiago Fernandes Maranhao

Tiago J. Fernandes Maranhão is a sixth year PhD candidate working with Dr. Marshal C. Eakin. He was a college professor in Brazil for six years and his master thesis in Political Science was a comparative analysis of the Portuguese and the Brazilian migration policies during World War II under both authoritarian regimes.

His interests relate to Modern Latin American History, Public Health and the history of physical education and sports. His dissertation focuses on how nineteenth and twentieth-century Brazilian policy makers and scientists understood that the discipline of body through physical education and sports could be a key tool in their efforts to build the new republican nation. His work intends to analyze the key role played by eugenics and biotypology as well as their mechanisms of cohesion with political projects and the impact physical culture had on the debates that sought to construct the Brazilian body politic.

He is the recipient of several awards and research grants which have supported his work in archives in Europe and in Brazil, including: the 2009 1st Place Humanities (National Contest for Scientific Production and Extension Projects, University Estácio de Sá, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil); 2011 Awarded Teacher (Estácio do Recife College, Brazil); ICS Visiting Junior Researcher (University of Lisbon, Portugal); Graduate Student Travel Grant (Graduate School, Vanderbilt); History Department Travel Grant (Vanderbilt); and the Simon Collier Research Travel Award (Center for Latin American Studies). In the summer of 2018, he will be part of the Brazilian Regionalism in a Global Context Project at the University of Birmingham (UK) and in the fall of 2018, he will be a Visiting Fellow at the Department of Sociology at the Federal University of Pernambuco (Recife, Brazil).

His work has benefitted from feedback received in different academic events in which he participated, such as the XXVI National History Symposium (USP, São Paulo, 2011), the International Seminar The Social Sciences: Research Approaches (University of Lisbon, Portugal, 2011), LASA (Latin American Studies Association, Lima, Peru, April 2017), NEPCA (Northeast Popular/American Culture Association, UMass Amherst, November 2017), and the 65th Annual Meeting of SECOLAS (Nashville, TN, March 2018).

Tiago's commitment to the Digital Humanities and to inter-disciplinary activities are exemplified in his contributions to the Virtual Museum Aristides de Sousa Mendes MVASM (as a team member and researcher on Brazilian and Portuguese archives); the online exhibit on Afro-Colombian intellectual Manuel Zapata Olivella he co-created when he was a Library Dean's Fellow (spring 2016); and his role as co-coordinator of the Brazilian Studies Reading Group, a student-led seminar sponsored by the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities (AY 2016-2017 and 2017-2018). 

He is also a member of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA), Brazilian Studies Association (BRASA), International Society for the History of Physical Education and Sport (ISHPES), North American Society for Sport History (NASSH), and the Sports & Society Research Network.