Joaquim Nabuco Award

2017 Competition

Call for Submissions

The Brazil Initiative of the International Division in collaboration with the Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program sponsors the Joaquim Nabuco Award, given annually to the two best essays on Brazil (any field) by a degree-seeking University of Wisconsin-Madison student. The essay may be written in English or Portuguese and should have at least 15 double-spaced pages. The competition is not open to previous Joaquim Nabuco Award winners. The prize, a lump-sum cash award of $2000, is given to one graduate and one undergraduate student each. The winners are strongly encouraged to use the award for a research trip to Brazil. Applicants must agree to present their paper in person during the Fall semester following the receipt of the award and must make every effort to be introduced by their faculty/thesis advisor. 

Applications should include a cover letter stating the student was enrolled at UW-Madison during the academic year. Only electronic submissions are accepted. Deadline for submissions is Friday, May 12, 2017. Please direct questions and send electronic submissions to sjalbuqu@wisc.edu.

2016 Competition Results 

The winners of the 2016 Joaquim Nabuco Award are Laura Bachmann, Law School, author of "Housing and Formalization in Rio de Janeiro Favelas" and Israel Pechstein, PhD Student in Spanish & Portuguese, author of "Do melodrama ao camp: novas perspectivas da sexualidade n’O beijo no asfalto de Nelson Rodrigues."
 
The decision was made by a committee formed by Dr. Alberto Vargas (Associate Director, LACIS), chair; Assistant Professor Matthew Rarey (Art History, Oberlin College); Professor Luca Bacchini (Brazilian Literature and Culture, University of Bologna); and Professor Emeritus Ricardo Sabán (Physiology, University of Oklahoma).

2015 Competition Results 

The winners of the 2015 Joaquim Nabuco Award are Meg Healy, an undergraduate student in Geography and Political Science, author of "Olympic Housing Games: Housing Policy and Socio-Spatial Displacement in Pre-Olympic Rio de Janeiro," and Fernanda Firmino, a graduate student in Food Science, author of "A saga dos queijeiros mineiros na Serra da Canastra."
 
The decision was made by a committee formed by Prof. Ellen Sapega (Portuguese), chair; Drs. Steve Smith (Secretary of the Faculty), Alberto Vargas (Associate Director, LACIS) and Ricardo Saban (Veterinary Medicine).

2014 Competition Results 

The winners of the 2014 Joaquim Nabuco Award are Robert Hayes, an undergraduate student in Latin American Caribbean and Iberian Studies, author of "A copa para quem?: Raça, classe e a destruição das favelas no Brasil," and Micah McKay, a graduate student in Spanish, author of "'Deus salve a América’: Ignacio de Loyolla Brandão's Zero and the Production of Trash".

The decision was made by a committee formed by Dr. Steve Smith (Associate Director, Global Studies), chair; Professors Karen Strier (Anthropology), Umberto Tachinardi (Medicine), and Mary Lou Daniel (Emerita, Portuguese).

2013 Competition Results

The winners of the 2013 Joaquim Nabuco Award are Cristina Mo Vaughan, an undergraduate student in Biology, author of  "Projeto TAMAR: Sea Turtle Conservation as a Multi-Party Effort," and Jacob Blanc, a graduate student in Latin American History, author of "The Last Political Prisoner: Juvêncio Mazzarollo and the Twilight of Brazil's Dictatorship."

The decision was made by a committee formed by Professors Alberto Vargas (LACIS), chair; Francisco Scarano (History; LACIS), Kathryn Sanchez (Spanish and Portuguese), and Dr. Steve Smith (Associate Director, Global Studies).

Vivi Nabuco & Jake Blanc

Brazil Initiative donor Vivi Nabuco and 2013 Nabuco Award winner, Jake Blanc, Rio de Janeiro, 2015.

2012 Competition Results

The winner of the 2012 Joaquim Nabuco Award is Nicholas J. Barnes, a doctoral candidate in Political Science, author of "The Amphetamine of the People: The Mística of the Movimento dos Trabalhadores Sem Terra."

The decision was made by a committee formed of: Professor Guido Podestá (Chair; Associate Dean of International Studies), Mary Lou Daniel (Professor Emerita, Spanish and Portuguese), Dr. Ricardo Saban (Medicine), and Dr. Steve Smith (Associate Director of Global Studies).

2011 Competition Results

The winners of the 2011 Joaquim Nabuco Award are Giso Broman, an undergraduate student in Geography, author of "The Diversion of the São Francisco River: Lack of Water and Lack of Democracy", and Ian Robert Carrillo, PhD Candidate in the Development Studies Program and author of "Industrialization and Commodities in Brazil: The Case of BNDES."

The decision was made by a committee formed by Professors Alberto Vargas (Associate Director of LACIS), chair; Gay Seidman (Department of Sociology); Luis Madureira (Department of Spanish and Portuguese); and Steven K. Smith (Associate Director of Global Studies).

2010 Competition Results

The winner of the 2010 Joaquim Nabuco Award is Matthew Francis Rarey, a doctoral candidate in the Art History department and author of "The Cross and the Pelourinho: Christian Violence, Visual Culture, and the Representation of Slavery in Brazil" (45 pages).

The decision was made by a committee formed by Professors Guido Podestá (Associate Dean of International Studies), chair; Suzanne Dove (School of Business); Mara Loveman (Department of Sociology); and Kathryn Sanchez (Department of Spanish and Portuguese).