James Green is the Carlos Manuel de Céspedes Professor of Latin American History at Brown University. He received his doctorate in Latin American history, with a specialization in Brazil, at UCLA in 1996. He has traveled extensively throughout Latin America and lived eight years in Brazil. He served as the director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Brown University from 2005 to 2008. He is a past president of the Brazilian Studies Association (BRASA) and served as the president of the New England Council on Latin American Studies (NECLAS) in 2008 and 2009. He is currently the director of Brown's Brazil Initiative; the executive director of the Brazilian Studies Association, housed at Brown; and the director of the Opening the Archives Project. Green worked as an advisor for the Brazilian National Truth Commission, which investigated the state’s violations of human rights during the military dictatorship.
He is the author of We Cannot Remain Silent: Opposition to the Brazilian Military Dictatorship in the United States (Duke University Press, 2010) and Beyond Carnival: Male Homosexuality in Twentieth-Century Brazil (University of Chicago Press, 1999). He is currently completing a biography of Herbert Daniel (1946-92), a Brazilian revolutionary and AIDS activist.