Marcio Siwi, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor


Contact Info

LA 4220
Tues & Thurs 10:30a-12:00p


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.


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 Park and the Favela: Visions of the Progressive and Cultured City in Post-WWII São Paulo” Journal of Global South Studies (2021) Volume 38, No. 1, Spring 2021, pp. 80 – 106. 

“The Making of New York’s Avenue of the Americas: Transnational Circuits of Urban Renewal” Journal of Urban History (2021) Volume 41, Issue 1, pp. 85 – 110.


Recent Lectures and Presentations

“Constructing Urban Citizenship: The Built Environment and Social Belonging in Brazil,” American Historical Association (AHA), Philadelphia, 2023.

“Visions of the Modern and Progressive City in Post-WWII São Paulo,” American Historical Association (AHA), New Orleans, 2022.

“Global Cities of the North and South: Transnational Connections and Urban Development in the Americas,” American Historical Association, New York City, 2020.


Recent Book Reviews

New World Cities: Challenges of Urbanization and Globalization in the Americas.  Edited by John Tutino, Martin V. Melosi.  University of North Carolina Press, 2019. Hispanic American Historical Review (2020) 100 (4), pp. 762 –763.

São Paulo: a graphic biography. By Felipe Correa. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, 2018. Planning Perspectives, Volume 35, 2020 - Issue 1, pp. 217–218.


Awards and Honors

American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), Project Development Grant, 2022

College of Liberal Arts, Office of the Dean, Faculty Summer Research Stipend, Towson University, 2022

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Summer Stipend Grant, 2021

Faculty Academic Center of Excellence at Towson (FACET), Scholars Program, Towson University, 2021


Courses Taught

Fall 2023
MTRO 101 Introduction to Metropolitan Studies
HIST 300 Race and Nation in Latin America
HIST 300 US LAtin America Relations