Working Groups

Evolution and Heredity in Brazil

This group examines the history of the evolutionary synthesis of genetics and natural selection, and its impact upon agriculture, and theories of race and eugenics.

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    William deJong-Lambert

    William deJong-Lambert is a Professor of History at Bronx Community College, CUNY, whose current work addresses the evolutionary synthesis of genetics and natural selection. His most recent book, The Fly Room: The Invention of Genetics, the Science of Evolution, is in peer review, and he is the author of numerous other books, articles and edited volumes. He has also received numerous fellowships and grants for his work, including most recently a Fulbright Specialist grant which has resulted in the idea of creating this working group.


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    Marcelo Lima Loreto

    Marcelo Lima Loreto is a Ph.D. student in the History of Science and Technology and Epistemology Program at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he conducts research on the history of biology in Brazil and Latin America. He was a Visiting Research Scholar in History at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York from November 2017 to January 2018, where he developed his dissertation research on the history of the Lysenko controversy in Brazil and Latin America. 


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    Robert Wegner

    Robert Wegner is a researcher at the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation/Fiocruz, Rio de Janeiro/Brazil, where he works in the Graduate Program in History of Science and Health. Wegner’s research specializes in intellectual history and history of science. Robert Wegner investigated the history of agriculture, genetics, and eugenics during his sabbatical year (2018-2019) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Wegner published “Eugenics, Genetics and Anthropology in Brazil: The Masters and the Slaves, Racial Miscegenation and Its Discontents” (with V. S. de Souza, in Luso-Tropicalism its discontents, Ed. by W. Anderson, R. Roque, and R. V. Santos. Berghahn Books, 2019) and A Conquista do Oeste (Editora UFMG, 2000), a book that studies Sérgio Buarque de Holanda’s work, and his dialogue with Frederick Jackson Turner.


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