Faculty & Staff
Jean-Philippe Belleau, PhD
Associate Professor of Anthropology, College of Liberal Arts
Areas of Expertise
Lowland indigenous societies, hunters-gatherers, human rights, anthropology of becoming, Amerindian perspectivism, mass violence, Brazilian cinema, raw art.
PhD, Institut des Hautes Etudes d'Amérique Latine, Université Paris-III Sorbone Nouvelle
Professional Publications & Contributions
- Ethnophilie. L'amour des autres nations (Ethnophilia. Loving Other Cultures), Rennes: Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2015
- Le mouvement indien au Brésil. Du village aux organisations (The Indigenous Movement in Brazil. From the village to organizations), Rennes: Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2014.
- “History, Memory and Utopia in the missionaries’ creation of the indigenous movement in Brazil (1967-1988).” The Americas, vol. 70, n.3, 2014.
- “Uma estrutura orgânica: os povos indigenas, os alliados e a indigenização da bureaucracia.” Colonialismo, Pós-colonialismo e Povos Indígenas: olhares a partir de algumas situações na América Latina. Edited by Fabio Mura & Marcondes Secundino. Recife: FUNDAJ, 2014.
- “An Oriental Encounter : Interculturality, Awe, and Equivocal Compatibility at the Coptic Church of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia.” Latin American Research Review, 2015.
- “The Ethnic Life of Missionaries : early inculturation theology in Mato Grosso, Brazil (1952-1986).” Social Science and Missions (Brill publications), vol. 26, n.3, 2013.
- “Dieu est-il multiculturaliste?” Le multiculturalisme en Amérique Latine. Edited by David Dumoulin & Christian Gros. Paris: Presses de la Sorbonne Nouvelle, 2011.
Jean-Philippe Belleau is a Latin Americanist and a social anthropologist working on Brazil. Prior to joining UMass Boston, he worked for a decade in human rights and development with the OAS, the United Nations, ADF, UNDP and various NGOs, including Viva Rio and IFES. He directed the Human Rights Education Fund in Haiti and was the political adviser to the OAS Chief of Mission in Haiti. He is on the editorial board of the Brill book series Studies in Christian Mission.