Since 1993 the Luso-American Foundation (FLAD) and the Department of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies have maintained a vibrant cooperation agreement under whose auspices Brown has hosted Visiting Professors in Portuguese Studies in the areas of Anthropology, Sociology, Political Science and History. This program is officially known as the Michael Teague FLAD/Brown Visiting Professorship, in honor of a celebrated Lusophile who lived in the United States. Thanks to this agreement, a sizeable number of Portuguese scholars have spent one semester or a year teaching and conducting research at Brown, while availing themselves of the opportunity to participate in conferences, lecture at other universities, and join research groups in their areas of expertise.
The following scholars have served as Visiting Professors under the FLAD/Brown agreement:
- João Medina, University of Lisbon
- Cristiana Bastos, Instituto de Ciências Sociais, Lisbon
- João Peixoto, Instituto de Economia e Gestão, Lisbon
- João Carlos Espada, Universidade Católica, Lisbon
- Luís Nuno Rodrigues, ISCTE, Lisbon
- Pedro Lains, Instituto de Ciências Sociais, Lisbon
- António Goucha Soares, ISEG, Lisbon
- Rosa Maria Pérez, ISCTE, Lisbon
- João Manuel Rosas, University of Minho, Braga
- Maria Clara Saraiva, Universidade Nova de Lisboa
- Clara Carvalho, ISCTE, Lisbon
- Miguel Bandeira Jerónimo, ISCTE, Lisbon
- Filipe Ribeiro de Meneses, National University of Ireland, Maynooth
- Carlos Jalali, University of Aveiro
- Marta Rosales, Instituto de Ciências Sociais, Lisbon
- Filipa Vicente, Instituto de Ciências Sociais, Lisbon
- Alberto Rodriguez, University of Vigo, Galicia
The FLAD/Brown agreement has been invaluable to Brown University and particularly to the Department of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies in a variety of ways:
- The Department has been able to expand its course offerings in the areas of the Social Sciences (Anthropology, Sociology, and Political Science), International Relations and Contemporary History for undergraduate students as well as for graduate students pursuing master's and doctoral degrees.
- Financial assistance has enabled several outstanding Luso-American students to enroll in the master's degree program in Portuguese Studies. In addition, many Brown students have benefitted from small grants to conduct research in Portugal and participate in scholarly conferences, thus deepening their knowledge about and contact with Portuguese culture.
- The number and variety of cultural events related to Portugal and the Portuguese-speaking African countries, including colloquia, conferences, symposia and films has been greatly expanded.
- Targeted funds have allowed the university to acquire books and films about Portuguese culture beyond what is provided by our library budget.