Department of History

PhD Student Spotlight: Guta da Silveira de Oliveira

The Department of History caught up with Guta to learn more about her research interests and PhD work at Brown.

Guta da Silveira de Oliveira"I am Augusta (Guta) da Silveira de Oliveira, a second-year PhD student in Latin American History at Brown.  

I am originally from Porto Alegre, in south Brazil, where I did my undergrad and masters in History at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul. In 2013, I spent a semester at the University of Buenos Aires and decided I wanted to focus my research on Gender and LGBTQ+ History. After studying transgender movements and LGBTQ+ periodicals in my hometown, I came to Brown to work on lesbian sociabilities in modern Brazil with Prof. James Green, my advisor.  

I chose the topic due to the lack of research done on lesbian women, especially on the beginning of the twentieth century. My work seeks to examine the emergence of a lesbian subculture in some of Brazil's largest cities, as well as the emergence of lesbian activism and its intersections with the gay and feminist movements."

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