Marcio Siwi

Assistant Professor

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Contact Information

OFFICE
LA 4220
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HOURS
Mon - Wed 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Thurs: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Education

Ph.D., New York University, 2017

Areas of Expertise

Urban Studies, Latin American Studies, Race and National Identity, Brazilian History, and the history of the United States in the world.

Biography

Marcio Siwi joined the History Department in 2019 after receiving his PhD from New York University. His research and teaching center on Urban Studies, Latin American Studies, Race and National Identity, Brazilian History, and the history of the United States in the world. His current book manuscript, “Making the Modern and Cultured City: Art, Architecture, and Urbanism in Postwar São Paulo” explores efforts to transform São Paulo into a world-class city after WWII through a transnational analysis of artistic production, architecture, and urban planning. These practices are examined as expressions of an idealized urban sensibility inflected by foreign models (primarily New York City) that leading Paulistanos (residents of São Paulo) aspired to produce in their city and as a broader pattern of racial anxiety, uneven development, and spatial segregation. Prior to coming to Towson University Dr. Siwi was a Consortium Faculty Diversity (CFD) Fellow in Latin American Studies at Bowdoin College and a College Fellow in History at Harvard University. Dr. Siwi also served as Program Manager of the Brazil Studies Program at Harvard’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (2007-2010) and as a Research Associate at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York (2002-2005). He is a native of São Paulo, Brazil, and a citizen of both Mexico and the United States.

Selected Publications

“The Making of New York’s Avenue of the Americas: Transnational Circuits of Urban Renewal,” Journal of Urban History (accepted for publication and forthcoming)

Recent Lectures and Presentations

“Modernizing Latin American Cities: Local Spaces Global Processes,” World History Association, Puerto Rico, 2019

“The Park and the Favela: Visions of the Progressive City in Post-WWII São Paulo,” Superlative City: Experimental Urbanism in São Paulo, Princeton University, 2019

“Grassroots Urbanism: Participatory Urban Planning in Post-WWII São Paulo,” David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS), Harvard University, 2018.

Recent Book Reviews

Modern Architecture in Latin America: Art, Technology, and Utopia. By Luis E. Carranza and Fernando Luiz Lara. Foreword by Jorge Francisco Liernur. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press. Hispanic American Historical Review (2018) 98 (4): 753-754.

Awards and Honors

Consortium for Faculty Diversity (CFD), Postdoctoral Fellowship, Bowdoin College, 2018

Excellence in Teaching Award, Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, Harvard University, 2017

Mellon Dissertation Fellowship in History, New York University, 2016

Warren Dean Fellowship, New York University, 2015

Social Science Research Council – International Dissertation Research Fellowship, 2014

Grant-in-Aid Program, Rockefeller Archive Center, 2014

COURSES TAUGHT
 FALL 2019
HIST 122 Latin America: National Period
MTRO 101 Introduction to Metropolitan Studies
MTRO 101 Introduction to Metropolitan Studies