Bianca Brigidi

Bianca Brigidi is an interdisciplinary researcher on indigenous peoples’ history, culture, language, and ethnographers of Latin American countries. Brigidi has taught at universities and small colleges in the North and South American countries. Bianca recently concluded a year as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she developed the project “Mandinga Brazilian Studies Initiative.”

Currently, she is a Research Associate in the Communities and Social Museology: University Extension, and Affirmative Action Among Black Communities, Indigenous Peoples, Quilombolas, Peripheral, and LGBTQ in Brazil.

She earned her BA and MA in Ibero-American Societies from the Pontifical Catholic University of RS (Brazil), and her PhD in Latin American History from the University of California, Santa Barbara (US). Her research on indigenous communities investigates acts of defiance and other forms of indigenous resistance in borderlands areas. Her ongoing research activities are guided by the question “How does popular indigenous resistance evolve from individual wishes into a plan of collective action based on common goals targeting the same agenda?” Bianca’s research interests trace patterns of social movement formations through an analysis of networks, while also demonstrating that popular resistance in Latin America transcends neat historical, national, linguistic, literary, disciplinary, and racial boundaries. In the digital humanities field, Brigidi developed and designed an interactive search tool funded by the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development of the Ministry of Science and Technology of Brazil on the historical archives and ethnographic data about shamanism and healing in the Colonial Spanish Americas.

Bianca is currently revising her manuscript to publish as a book entitled Regimes of Power: Indigenous Communities, the Formation of Networks, and Resistance in California History (1769-1828). Her work marries folklore, contemporary ethnographic data, historical data, and interdisciplinary explorations of intercultural violence.

Bianca enjoys traveling with her husband and their two amazing children, especially to Brazil and Colombia, where their international family meets for vacation.