Andrew G. Britt

I am a historian of contemporary Latin America and a digital scholarship developer with a national focus on Brazil. I am an Assistant Professor in the Division of Liberal Arts at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. My research is based in the city of São Paulo, Brazil - a frenetic, magnetic metropolis of more than 20 million. I completed my PhD at Emory University in 2018, which was awarded honorable mention for Best Dissertation in the Humanities (Antonio Candido Prize) by the Latin American Studies Association Brazil Section. I am currently revising the thesis into a book, titled “I’ll Samba Someplace Else”: Planning Race and Space in São Paulo, 1930s-1980s. In my digital work I am especially interested in collaborative mapping as a means to reconstruct buried places sacred to African descendants throughout the Americas.



“Sacred Demolitions in and of Liberdade: Asphalting São Paulo’s ‘Zona do Negro,’ 1930s-’40s” (under review)

Re/Mapping São Paulo’s Geographies of African Descent,” Items: Insights from the Social Sciences, Social Science Research Council, February 25, 2020.

Co-Author, “Pauliceia 2.0: A Computational Platform for Collaborative Historical Research,” Proceedings XVIII GEOINFO, December 4th-6th, 2017, Salvador, BA, Brazil, 28-39.

Invited Reviewer of John F. Collins, Revolt of the Saints: Memory and Redemption in the Twilight of Brazilian Racial Democracy, H-LatAm, Special Edition on Race in Brazil.

Contributing Author and Assistant Editor, Matthew Gutmann and Jeffrey Lesser, eds. Global Latin America: Into the Twenty-First Century (UC Press, 2016).

Digital Humanities

Researcher and Developer, Seeking Displacement: Remapping São Paulo's Geographies of African Descent (in production)

Researcher (2017- Present), Pauliceia 2.0: A Spatiotemporal Platform for the Digital Humanities

Research Fellow (2015-'16), Voyages: the Transatlantic Slave Trade Database

Project Developer, Windows into English Avenue and Vine City


The History of the Future: Brazil, Fall 2020 (UNCSA)

Latin American History through Film, Summer 2020 (UNCSA)

Bulldozed: São Paulo and Chicago, Spring 2020 (UNCSA) and Spring 2019 (Northwestern University)

From City of Gold to City of God: Placing Latin America's Past, Fall 2019 and Fall 2020 (UNCSA)

Hitchhiking the Atlantic, Spring 2015 (Emory University) and Winter 2019 (Northwestern University)