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Shawn Smallman

Shawn Smallman

Professor of International and Latin American Studies

PhD in History, Yale University


20th century Mexico and Brazil; global security issues; Latin and North American ethnic minorities; and global health.

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 Brazil, 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. He has also completed a book manuscript on indigenous women and spirit-beliefs in Northern Canada, with sabbatical support from the Ruth Landes Foundation. He remains engaged in work on global health and security, particularly where these topics overlap with indigenous issues in the Americas. He blogs regularly on global issues at His mother, Phyllis Smallman, is a mystery writer, who writes the Sherri Travis series. 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: Mondays 0900-1100


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