Department of History

Rosana Barbosa Profile

Associate Professor 
Rosana Barbosa Profile Picture (May 2020)
B.A. Universidade Santa Ursula (Rio de Janeiro) 
M.A., Ph.D. (Toronto)

McNally North 228
rosana.barbosa@smu.ca (preferred method of contact)
(902) 420-5133

Rosana Barbosa completed her B.A. at Universidade Santa Úrsula in her hometown of Rio de Janeiro. Her M.A. and Ph.D. are from the University of Toronto.

Before joining Saint Mary's University in 2004, she taught at the University of Toronto, York University, Brock University and Guelph University. She teaches Latin American history, focusing on immigration, slavery, revolutions, nationalism, race relations, gender and foreign relations.



Rosana Barbosa Brazil and Canada Book Cover       
Rosana Barbosa Immigration Book Cover

Selected Publications
Brazil and Canada: Economic, Political, and Migratory Ties, 1820s to 1970s. Lanham; Boulder; New York; London: Lexington Books, 2017. 

Immigration and Xenophobia. Portuguese Immigrants in Early Nineteenth Century Rio de Janeiro. Lanham: University Press of America, 2009. 

“Representations of Brazil in Canadian Newspapers. At the Turn of the 20th Century.” In: Latin America Made in Canada. Maria del Carmen Suescun Pozas and Adena Robin (eds). Ottawa: Lugar Comun Editorial, 2020. 

“Brasil-Canadá: ligações migratórias nos séculos XIX e XX.” Interfaces Brasil/Canada. Volume 1, n. 14 (2012), 183-200. 

“Café com Bacalhau”. Revista de História da Biblioteca Nacional, no. 55 (Abril 2010), 42-44. 

“Brazilian Immigration to Canada.” Canadian Ethnic Studies Journal. Vol. 41.1-2 (2009),215-225. 

“Portuguese Immigration to Rio de Janeiro: The Early National Period.” Francisco Cota Fagundes & Irene Maria F. Blayer (eds). Tradições Portuguesas /Portuguese Traditions in Honour of Claude L. Hulet. San Jose: Portuguese Heritage Publications of California, 2007, 403-415. 

"Brasileiros no Canadá: um novo e crescente grupo de imigrantes." Revista de Estudos Canadenses, CANADART XI, Brazil (Março 2004), 197-215.

Research in Progress 

Soccer and Racism: The Beginnings of Futebol in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, 1895-1933.

Selected Graduate Supervision

M.A. Supervision:
Daniel Flood, IDS. “Sport as a Mechanism for Social Mobility in Brazil: Measuring Social, Cultural and Economic Capital Gains Through Sport for Development and Peace Programs in Rio de Janeiro.” 2019-2020.

Ph.D. Thesis Committee:
Alessandro Zir. “The Sixteenth-Century Corpus of the Portuguese Colonizers of Brazil: An Approach in Terms of Styles of Thinking.” Interdisciplinary Studies, Dalhousie University, 2008-2009.

M.A. Theses Committee:
Cintia Gillam. “When wellbeing matters: Fishers living in a shantytown in a highly industrialized Brazilian estuary. Assessing relational wellbeing at Vila do Pescadores.” IDS Program, Saint Mary’s University, 2014-2016.

Erica Bowler. “Religion and Peace: A Case Study on Mennonite Peace Initiatives in Colombia.” IDS Program, Saint Mary’s University, 2014.

Selected Honour’s Supervision:
Natasha MacDonald. “Sustainable Development Potentials Through Urban Recycling: A Look at Curitiba, Brazil.” IDS, Saint Mary’s University, 2011-2012. 

Brandon Svenningsen. “The Memory of the Pinochet Regime: The official and Nova Scotian recollections of the past.” History Department, Saint Mary’s University, 2010-2011.

Teaching – Selected Courses

  • Making History
  • Soccer: A History of Brazil
  • Race and Racism in Brazil
  • Forced and Free Migration in Latin America
  • Revolutions in Latin America
  • Pop Culture in Latin America
  • Introduction to Latin American History

Selected Lectures and Papers Presented

“The Early Years of Football in Brazil: Foreign Investment and Racism.” Paper presented at the Canadian Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CALACS) Congress – York University, May 10-12, 2019. 

“The early years of Futebol in Brazil.” Paper presented at the History Seminar Series. Saint Mary’s University, February 1, 2019. 

“Brazilian Futebol as a Teaching Tool.” Seminar presented at Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium, February 21, 2019. 

“Canadá e o início do futebol no Brasil: a Brazilian Traction, Light and Power Company no início do século XX.” Paper presented at the XIV Congress of the Brazilian Studies Association (BRASA) –  PUC-Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 25-28, 2018. 

“Brasil e Canadá no Contexto da Imigração nas Américas.” Lecture presented at Universidade Estadual do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, November 23, 2017. 

Brasil e Canadá. Ligações econômicas, políticas e migratórias, 1820s-1970s.” Lecture presented at Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil, November 14, 2017. 

“Brasil-Canadá. Ligações Históricas.” Lecture presented at Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil, October 23, 2017. 

“A Profile of the Relations Between Brazil and Canada/Um Perfil das Relações entre o Brasil e o Canadá.” Keynote Speaker at the Lusophone Studies Association Conference – Mount Saint Vincent and Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, June 28-July 1, 2015.

 “Um Perfil Histórico das Relações Brasil-Canadá.” Paper presented at the Canadian Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CALACS) Congress – Universidad de Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica, July 8-10, 2015.