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About Shawn C. Smallman

I am a Professor at Portland State University, who has done work on global health, Latin America and Indigenous issues. My first book, "Fear and Memory in the Brazilian Army and Society", studied the origins of military terror in Brazil. I then wrote "The AIDS Pandemic in Latin America," based on field work in Brazil, Cuba, and Mexico, with such diverse groups as drug traffickers and crack addicts, sex workers, people living with HIV and doctors. I also co-authored a textbook with Professor Kim Brown titled "An Introduction to International and Global Studies." The textbook is now entering its third edition. I have also published a book on Indigenous religion in Canada and the northern United States: "Dangerous Spirits: the Windigo in Myth and History." This book was featured in the 2021 horror film Antlers, which was produced by Guillermo del Toro, and directed by Scott Cooper. The film is set in Oregon, and starred Keri Russell and Graham Greene. In 2019, I was awarded the College of Urban and Public Affairs "Researcher of the Year" award. For more information about my research you can view this brief video: Recently I have an emerging research area in global politics and avian influenza, for which I am undertaking research in southeastern China. I also blog regularly on global topics at and have a podcast on global issues, Dispatch 7, which is available on all major podcast platforms:


January 2013 - Present Chair, Portland State University International & Global Studies
September 2010 - Present Professor, Portland State University International & Global Studies

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • Ruth Landes Memorial Research Fund
  • John Eliot Allen Outstanding Teacher Award (twice)
  • Smith Richardson Foundation Junior Faculty Grant
  • College of Urban and Public Affairs "Researcher of the Year", 2019


  • Global Drug Trade
  • Digital Globalization
  • Introduction to International Studies
  • Introduction to Latin America
  • Foundations of Global Studies Theory
  • Modern Brazil
  • Amazon Rainforest
  • AIDS Pandemic

Contact Information

P.O. Box 751
International Studies
Portland State University
Portland, OR 97207-0751


Teaching Works (1)

Articles (15)

Books (4)

Presentations (4)