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Shawn Smallman

Shawn Smallman

Professor of International and Latin American Studies

PhD in History, Yale University


Public Policy and Global Health, particularly Avian Influenza and HIV/AIDS; the Global Drug Trade; Digital Globalization, Cyberwarfare and Bitcoin; conspiracy theories; Modern Brazil.

Scholarly Projects

Shawn Smallman’s first book, Fear and Memory in the Brazilian Military and Society, 1889-1954, examined military terror and corruption. He then wrote The AIDS Pandemic in Latin America, which was based on research in southern Mexico, Cuba and Brazil. During his fieldwork he interviewed drug traffickers, crack addicts, sex workers, transvestites, doctors, and community leaders. More recently, he has co-authored a textbook, An Introduction to International and Global Studies with Professor Kim Brown, which is currently in its second edition. He has also published a book on indigenous religion and colonialism titled: Dangerous Spirits: the Windigo in Myth in History. Smallman has a particular interest in conspiracy theories, and has written articles discussing these narratives in both public health and Argentine politics. Smallman also has an emerging research interest in avian influenza in Southeast Asia, where he is undertaking fieldwork. Smallman blogs regularly on global affairs at His mother, Phyllis Smallman, is a mystery writer, who writes the Sherri Travis series. His sister, Ellen Wild, is also a novelist, who wrote the Arthur Ellis award winning novel, Strange Things Done. The father of two daughters, Smallman loves ghost stories (especially M.R. James) and international mysteries.

East Hall Building 345


Current Curriculum Vitae

Office Hours:

Fall 2017

Mondays 0900-1100


Courses Taught: