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Thais R.S. de Sant'Ana

Thaís R. S. de Sant'Ana, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of History,
College of Human Sciences and Humanities



Thaís Sant'Ana earned a B.A. in Tourism at Pontifical Catholic University of Campinas (PUC-Campinas) and both a B.A. and M.A. in History at the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP). She was a visiting scholar at the University of Alberta and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she developed the bulk of her current project which investigates entangled histories of migration, urban, and environmental processes in the 19th and 20th century Amazon.

Dr. Sant'Ana received the Sir James Lougheed Award of Distinction for Outstanding Academic Excellence from the Government of Alberta, was a Graduate Fellow at The Newberry & Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Seminar “The Archive: Theory, Form, Practice” and the Alfred J. Hanna Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Rollins College.

Dr. Sant'Ana joined the UHCL faculty as an assistant professor of history in the fall of 2022. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on colonial and modern Latin America and the Caribbean, environmental, urban, and social histories. 

Areas of Expertise

Dr. Sant'Ana's areas of research interests include Latin America and the Caribbean; world histories; migration; urban; environmental; women, gender and culture; museums, and world’s fairs.


Selected Publications:

  • “Looking Back at the Future: The Visit of President António de Almeida to the 1922 International Centennial Exhibition in Rio de Janeiro,” Dimensões Revista de História da Ufes, 48, 48 (August 2022): 113-130.
  • Commissioned Entry for Dicionário da Independência, ed. João Paulo Garrido Pimenta and Cecília Helena Oliveira, (September 2022), forthcoming.
  • Review of Ana Paulina Lee. Mandarin Brazil: Race, Representation and Memory. (2018). In Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies/Revue canadienne des études latino-américaines et caraïbes, 44:3 (2019), 393-394.