My teaching and research are in Latin American history, especially Brazilian history. I also served as director of the CLA Latin American Studies Program. My current research is human rights and public security in Brazil. I co-authored with Maria Helena Moreira Alves, LIVING IN THE CROSSFIRE: FAVELA RESIDENTS, DRUG DEALERS AND POLICE IN RIO DE JANEIRO (2011). A Brazilian edition VIVENDO NO FOGO CRUZADO was published in 2013. My research and publication also include political and cultural history. Biographical research has always interested me as one way of studying politics and culture. I worked with writer, editor and feminist Rose Marie Muraro on the preparation of her autobiography MEMORIAS DE UMA MULHER IMPOSSIVEL (1999). In 2005, the Brazilian Congress named Rose Marie Murray Patron of Brazilian Feminism, and she took her place beside Oscar Niemeyer, Patron of Brazilian Architecture. I have written articles on Brazilian political leaders Itamar Franco, president of Brazil from l992 through 1994, and Trancredo Neves, and on Brazilian historian José Honório Rodrigues and Peruvian historian Jorge Basadre. Also, as any United States historian living for extended periods of time while doing research in Latin America, I could not help noticing the singular importance of United States in this region, and the complex views of Latin Americans toward the United States, its culture and political behavior. I wrote “United States and Latin American Relations” for the ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AMERICAN STUDIES with these thoughts in mind. I currently divide my time between Philadelphia and Rio de Janeiro.
with Maria Helena Moreira Alves, LIVING IN THE CROSSFIRE: FAVELA RESIDENTS, DRUG DEALERS AND POLICE IN RIO DE JANEIRO (Temple University Press, 2011); Brazilian edition VIVENDO NO FOGO CRUZADO (Editora Unesp, 2012).