Academics: Faculty

Dalila de Sousa Sheppard, Ph.D.

Title: Associate Professor, Department of History
Email:
ddesousa@spelman.edu
Office: 404-270-5503
Location: Cosby 407, Box 250

Educational Background:
Bowling Green State University, Ph.D.
Bowling Green State University, M.A.
University of Coimbra, M.A.
York University, B.A

Courses Taught:

  • HIS 271 and 272: Surveys of Latin American History(since 1991) 
  • HIS 371: Women in Latin American History (since 1993) 
  • HIS 373: Africans in Latin America (Spring 2005) 
  • HIS 380: Racism and Sexism in US and Brazil Medicine (Spring 2006) 
  • HIS 471: Seminar on Race, Class, and Gender in Brazil (since 1993) 
  • ADW 111 and 112: The African Diaspora and the World 111 and 112 (since 1993) 
  • HIS 303: The Making of the Modern World 
  • HIS 471 and 472" Senior Honors Thesis 

Research Interest: 
Dalila de Sousa's Ph.D. dissertation addressed the influence of Darwinian Theory on Physicians’ Writings on Black Health in the US and Brazil in the post-abolition period. 

Since then, Dr. de Sousa's research continued her work on the History of Medicine and the Health of Black Populations in both countries. For the past decade her focus was specifically on the role of Black Brazilian Women in the delivery of health care to their communities.

Recently, Dr. de Sousa has shifted her attention to Portuguese physicians and their writings about the peoples in the colonies Portugal controlled in Africa. She wishes to determine their role in the conquest and colonization of specific regions in Africa that Portugal came to control for the first 75 years of the 20th century.

Recent Publications:
Book review of "The Proletarian Gamble: Korean Workers in Interwar Japan," Ken C. Kawashima. Durham, N.C.; Duke University Press, 2009/ (Forthcoming, "Japan Studies Review")

Recent Awards:
UNCF-Mellon Summer Faculty Residency, Summer 2011

Professional Leadership:
Chair of the History Department (2006-2009)
Member of Faculty Council
Appointed to The Undergraduate Research Initiative Work Group (Fall 2011-Spring 2012)