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Emory engages with Brazil on a variety of social science and public health issues. Many faculty work in Brazil through Emory’s School of Medicine and Rollins School Public Health as well as the College of Arts and Sciences. Emory’s recent partnership with the São Paulo Research Foundation should significantly advance Emory scholars’ ability to do work in Brazil. 48 faculty current work in Brazil and 38 are interested in working there in the future. Brazil ranks 6th as a destination for faculty work. There is an alumni chapter in São Paulo.

Engagement snapshot

São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP)

Emory joined the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) along with 90 other international prestigious universities and science institutions. Emory’s entry into FAPESP will provide funding for joint research projects between itself and Emory, facilitating Emory scholars’ involvement in Brazil. Contact: Chris Rapalje, Office of Global Strategy and Initiatives

Brazil Fulbright Partnership

The Fulbright Commission and Emory University have made a five-year commitment to award one-semester grants to senior faculty members from higher education institutions in Brazil. The faculty member will teach a multidisciplinary course on Brazil in a transnational perspective at Emory. Contact: Chris Rapalje, Office of Global Strategy and Initiatives

Immigration and Brazilian Diaspora

Dr. Jeffrey Lesser studies immigration patterns to Brazil in the 19th century. Suma Ikeuchi studies the Brazilian Diaspora, primarily Brazilian emigration to Japan. These two professors represent a growing interest in the study Brazilian identity, at home and abroad, from both historical and anthropological perspectives. Contact: Jeffrey Lesser, College of Arts and Sciences

Evaluation of Brazil’s Family Health Strategy

This project, led by assistant professor of Global Health Dr. Juan Leon, aims to evaluate specific aspects of Brazil’s healthcare system through household health and unit data collection. Contact: Juan Leon, Rollins School of Public Health

Ethanol Production in Brazil’s Agricultural Economy

Emory College of Arts and Sciences faculty Tom Rogers is researching Brazil’s 1975 National Alcohols Program that encouraged farmers to produce ethanol from sugarcane. Rogers is working on a book that will detail the program’s effects on Brazil’s agricultural transformation. Contact: Tom Rogers, Emory College Arts & Sciences

Dengue, Malaria, Leprosy, and Chagas Disease

Dr. Uriel Kitron’s research focuses on the spread of infectious disease among immigrant peoples and the spread of these diseases within Brazil and South America. He also conducts workshops in Geographic Information Systems and spatial analysis in Brazil. Contact: Uriel Kitron, Emory College of Arts and Sciences and Rollins School of Public Health

Study Abroad

Emory College of Arts and Sciences and the Goizueta Business School both offer study abroad exchange programs in Brazilian institutions. Business School students can study at the Getulio Vargas Foundation in Rio de Janeiro and College of Arts and Sciences students can study at the Catholic Pontifical University in São Paulo. In both programs, students have the opportunity to study Portuguese language at the intermediate level.

Science without Borders

The Brazilian government program Science without Borders awarded funding to Dr. Uriel Kitron of the Environmental Studies faculty, Dr. Stephan Boettcher of the Physics faculty, and Dr. Michael Pratt of the Department of Global Health. Under the same program, Emory hosted groups of scholars in the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 academic years. The Science without Borders program seeks to promote Brazil’s exchange in the STEM fields with universities around the world. Contact: Chris Rapalje, Office of Global Strategy and Initiatives

Lusophone Studies

Emory has strong Portuguese language offerings. All classes are taught entirely in Portuguese and are relatively small to give students to chance to improve their linguistic skills. Emory will offer a Major in Spanish and Portuguese in 2016. Contact: Donald Tuten, College of Arts and Sciences