Tyler Ralston, a graduate student in the history department at The University of Arizona, has received a Fulbright-Hays scholarship from the U.S. Department of Education. The scholarship funds doctoral student research in other countries for six to 12 months.
Ralston received $31,000 to fund his research in Brazil for his dissertation, "Social Change, Populist Politics and Popular Memory: the Baixada Fluminense and the Legendary Tenï¿½rio Cavalcanti, 1945-1964."
Tenï¿½rio Cavalcanti was a flamboyant populist politician who dominated the Baixada Fluminense region of Rio de Janeiro during a time of dramatic change. He notably appeared in public wearing a black cape and carrying a machine gun named Lourdinha.
Ralstonï¿½s work looks at the social, political and environmental changes in the Baixada Fluminense.
"I hope to be able draw larger conclusions regarding the workings of populist politics, the effects of urbanization and the process of social change that not only occurred in Brazil at this time, but Latin America as a whole," Ralston said.