Dissertation Title

* “Hidden Channels: Indians, Franciscans, Militaries, and Resistance in California History (1769-1828)”

Teaching Fields

* Native American History
* Latin American History
* Colonial and Modern Brazil
* History of Paraguay
* History of California
* Mission Studies
* Digital Humanities
* Paleography


Chapters in Edited Volumes:
2013 “Indigenous Children: Teaching a new language in history.” Ed. Maria Cristina dos Santos, Jean Baptista. Indigenous History in the Classroom. Porto Alegre: EDIPUCRS Press, forthcoming.

2011 “Rebel Angels: deviations of the standard missionary discourse on the conversion of Guarani children (17th-century Paraguay).” Work selected by the Susnik Award Committee of 2010-2011 of Museo Andres Barbero. In: Suplemento Antropologico, Universidad Catolica, Asúncion, Paraguay, March of 2012

Peer-Reviewed Articles:
2003 “Paleografia. Xamanismo e Cura na Coleção de Angelis”, Project: Xamanismo e Cura. Rio de Janeiro: Biblioteca Nacional do Rio de Janeiro, CD-room, limited edition.

Translations (Portuguese to English):
2013 “Brazil-Egypt Relations.” Carlos Santana. The Middle East and Brazil. Ed. Paul Amar. Indiana University Press, forthcoming.


* Wilbur R. Jacobs Prize, University of California, Santa Barbara
* Bancroft Library Study Award, University of California, Berkeley
* UCCSC Graduate Student Travel Grant, University of California Humanities Research Institute 2011-12


* Fulbright Commission
PhD Studies (2007- 2011)
* Capes- Coordination for Enhancement of Higher Education Personnel
PhD Studies (2007-2011)
* National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq)
Master studies (2004) and (2004-2006)
* National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq)
Bachelor studies (2001-2003)
* Graduate Division Humanities and Social Sciences Research Grant (UCSB)


Currently, Bianca Brigidi is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She teaches the Brazilian Portuguese Language and Culture at the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and writing for academic purposes at the Santa Barbara City College. Bianca Brigidi holds a PhD in History from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has been doing innovative research on Native Americans since 2002. Her first project analyzed the acts of defiance by the Guaraní, in which she concluded that the Indigenous childhood was one of the major factors in defying the Colonial Spanish power. In the Digital Humanities field, Brigidi also developed and designed an interactive search tool funded by the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development of the Ministry of Science and Technology of Brazil on the historical archives and ethnographic data about xamanism and healing in Colonial Spanish America. Recently, she completed a dissertation which revisions are being made to publish as a book entitled “Regimes of Power: Indians, the Formation of Networks and Resistance in California History (1769-1828),” in which she analyzes the California Native American rebellions in the 18th and 19th centuries. Her work marries folklore, contemporary ethnographic data, historical data, and interdisciplinary explorations of intercultural violence. Brigidi’s work has been published internationally, and she is preparing a chapter for publication as an article, and the whole for publication as a book in the U.S. She also has been working as an interpreter and has published as a translator of English, Spanish, and Portuguese. Bianca has taught Paleography of 16th-century manuscripts in Spanish and Latin.