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.
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.
Historian and Digital History Ph.D. student Lucas Avelar.
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.