About Luc

I am a Digital History Ph.D. student at Clemson University and the current Project Data Manager for Mapping the Gay Guides. I investigate issues of production and dynamics of space, place-making, cultural identity, and memory studies. As a Latin American and Brazilian, I'm interested in looking at the history of the United States through a transnational and decolonial approach.
More on my background

I hold an MA in Public History and Historic Preservation from Colorado State University and a BA in History from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. My thesis entitled “Invented Pasts, Imagined Futures: World’s Fairs, Cities, and Narratives of Brazilian Nationhood in the Built Environment, 1893-1976” dealt with the maturation of Brazil’s modern nationhood in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries by examining the spatial narratives of world’s fairs as microcosms of modernity and ideologies of national identity.

Still in Brazil, I built up extensive experience in different areas of the historical profession, including museum interpretation, curatorship, archival research, and teaching. Before attending Clemson University, I worked an internship as an archive technician and research assistant with the Public & Environmental History Center in collaboration with the USDA’s National Wildlife Research Center. I was also a GIS intern with the Geospatial Centroid in Fort Collins, Colorado, where I worked in partnership with the Larimer County Department of Natural Resources.

As part of the inaugural cohort of the Digital History Ph.D. Program at Clemson University, I've been learning how to use methodologies of digital humanities and geographic information systems to further my research on the intersections between space and time in urban and cultural landscapes.