DBI Projects

Current Signature Projects

São Paulo Researchers International (SPRINT)

Description forthcoming

Angola-Brazil: Expressive Culture Connectivity

Description forthcoming

Past Projects

The Global Brazil Humanities Lab (2014-2017)


The Global Brazil Humanities Lab was an innovative teaching experiment that entailed developing new interdisciplinary methods to learn about Brazil, not just in an area studies context, but primarily as a global actor, especially related to the overarching themes of culture, the environment, and politics. The lab was funded by a grant from the Mellon Foundation and supported by the Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke.


The Cost of Opportunity: Higher Education & Social Mobility in the Baixada Fluminense (2016-2018)


Bass Connections brings together Duke faculty and students to explore real-world issues in interdisciplinary research teams. This project team worked collaboratively with faculty, graduate students and undergraduates at the Multidisciplinary Institute of the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro (IM/UFRRJ) in Novo Iguaçu, a county of 829,000 people in the Baixada region on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, to understand social mobility as it relates to higher education in the region.