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Faculty of Humanities and Education

Department of History and Philosophy


Dr. Elaine P Rocha

Dr. Elaine P Rocha

Senior Lecturer in History

Department: History


Elaine Rocha was born in São Paulo, Brazil. She has been teaching history since 1985, starting at secondary level, and at university level since 1991. Dr Rocha has lived in different regions of Brazil, including the Amazon, Santa Catarina, and Rio de Janeiro, as well as other countries such as South Africa, Mozambique and Ethiopia. She has taught in universities in Brazil, Ethiopia and Barbados at graduate and undergraduate levels. Besides teaching, she is very active in research, writing, editing books, and participating in international conferences, and is part of advisory committees and editors’ board where she examines theses and academic articles. Besides being a Historian, she has published a few articles in newspapers and magazines. At the International level, Elaine Rocha is the Co-Chair for the ERIP-Lasa, a session of the Latin American Studies Association dedicated to studies of ethnicity, race and indigenous peoples.


PhD Social History. Universidade de Sao Paulo 2002.
Mphil Cultural History. University of Pretoria 2008.
Masters with thesis. Pontificia Universidade Catolica de Sao Paulo, 1996.
Certificate in University Teaching and Learning, 2014.
BA History (minor in Geography). Universidade de Taubate. 1986.

Research Areas

Research interests: Indigenous History; Black History; Women’s History; Gender History; History of Brazil; History of Latin America.
Elaine Rocha PhD thesis, exploring the biography of a primary school teacher and feminist, was awarded a distinction; similarly her dissertation about the conflict between Brazilian Government, small farmers and indigenous peoples was also awarded distinction.
She received the award for the best teaching at the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the Universidade de Taubate in 1991.
Current projects:
Comparative history of gender-based violence – Brazil-Barbados;
Black migrations in Latin America.

Teaching Areas

Latin American History; Atlantic World; World History; Carnival in Brazil; Gender and Race; Global Environmental Issues; Hist. of the United States of America; Research Methods. 

Select Publications

  • Milton Gonçalves. Memórias Históricas de um ator afro-brasileiro (Milton Gonçalves. Historic Memoirs of an Afro-Brazilian Actor). São Paulo, E-manuscrito, 2019. and Printed edition.
  • Rocha E.; Matos Silva, L. and Reis, T. (eds.). Mundos do trabalho e dos trabalhadores: experiências e vivências no Brasil e no Caribe. Rio de Janeiro: Multifoco, 2018.
  • Racism in Novels: A Comparative Study of Brazilian and South African Cultural History. New Castle, Cambridge Scholars Publishers, 2010.
  • Rocha E. and Bezerra, N. (eds.) Another Black Like me: The Construction of Identities and Solidarity in the African Diaspora. New Castle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015.
  • Rocha, E. (ed.) Family conversations: Let’s tell the secrets – Domestic violence in Ethiopian society. (proceedings from the conference) Addis Ababa University, Heinrich Boell Foundation and US Embassy in Addis Ababa, 2007.


History; Gender; Race; Indigenous; Women; Environment; Culture; Society; Latin America; Brazil; United States of America; World History in the 20th century; Racism; Atlantic World; Biography; Comparative History; Teaching of History; Research Methods.