World History: Latin American History; Gender and Sexuality; Cultural and Political Conservatism; Cold War; Religion
Ben Cowan received his B.A. from Harvard University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from UCLA. His interest in right-wing radicalism, morality, sexuality, and 20th-century imperialism has led him to research focused on Cold War Brazil, with a specialization in the cultural and gender history of the post-1964 era. Ben's book Securing Sex: Morality and Repression in the Making of Cold War Brazil, has been published by the University of North Carolina Press (2016). The monograph has won book awards from the Latin American Studies Association and the Southeastern Conference on Latin American Studies. In 2015, his research on counterinsurgency earned the Sturgis-Leavitt Award for the best article from SECOLAS. He has also published articles in American Quarterly, The Journal of the History of Sexuality, The Hispanic American Historical Review, Radical History Review, and other venues. His work has benefited from much-appreciated support, including grants from the John W. Kluge Center, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the American Philosophical Society, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Tinker Foundation, the Pauley Family Foundation, and the UCLA Institute for Social Research. Before coming to GMU, Ben taught for two years at Dalhousie University, in Nova Scotia. At Mason, his courses range from introductory courses on broader hemispheric topics to seminars on right-wing activism, masculinity, sexuality, and modernization in Brazil.
PhD, UCLA, 2010
AB, Harvard, 2002