Department of Geography and the Environment

Alumni in the News: Dr. Christopher Gaffney on Brazilian Activism, the World Cup, and 2016 Olympics

Fri, July 12, 2013

Brazil is all over the news, and so is alumnus Dr. Christopher Gaffney, due to his expertise in Brazilian activism and its relationship to soccer, the World Cup, and the 2016 Olympics. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Geography and the Environment in 2006, and currently works as an investigative journalist and academic geographer. He has focused his research on the social, political, economic, sporting, and urban impacts of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games, in addition to teaching at the Graduate School of Architecture and Urbanism at the Universidade Federal Fluminense in Niterói.

We are always pleased to acknowledge the professional and academic accomplishments of our graduates, and Dr. Christopher Gaffney exemplifies the importance of the geographer’s perspective in media during complex world events. We encourage you to check out his recent commentary: Inside Story Americas - Brazil: Protests of discontent (Al Jazeera), A fair World Cup deal for Brazil? (CNN), The Atlantic, BBC Mundo, Radio Canada, Spiegel Online, and KPFK 90.7 FM Archive (June 21 broadcast). Many more publications are listed on his website.

For more information on Dr. Gaffney’s research, please visit his blog, Hunting White Elephants / Caçando Elefantes Brancos: Christopher Gaffney, and pick up his excellent book, Temples of the Earthbound Gods (University of Texas Press, 2008). Temples investigates the history and culture of football stadiums in Rio and Buenos Aires, using them as lenses to observe the shifting urban landscape from the late 19th to the early 21st century. 

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