Victoria Broadus

  • Visiting Assistant Professor


  • PhD and MA, Georgetown University
  • BA, Brandeis University


Victoria Broadus is a historian of Latin America with a focus on modern Brazil and Afro-Latin America. Her current book project focuses on “vissungo” verses from the interior diamond-mining region of Minas Gerais, Brazil. Those verses were recorded in the 1930s and ’40s still primarily in African language; they provide a window onto the African and maroon culture of that region, slavery and post-emancipation in Minas and Brazil, and ultimately onto the relationship between Africans’ and Afro-descendants’ struggle to survive and their cultural forms in the Americas.

Broadus teaches courses on early and modern Latin America at Oberlin, along with lecture courses on focused aspects of Latin American history, such as the History of Rio de Janeiro, and seminar courses on topics in Latin American social and cultural history. She is a proud daughter, niece, and sister of Obies.

Spring 2024

Latin American History: State and Nation Since Independence — HIST 110
Global Sixties In Latin America — HIST 363

Fall 2024

Latin American History: Invasion to Independence — HIST 109
Jazz of the Americas — HIST 429


Documentary by Victoria Broadus Featured at Immigration Film Festival

October 27, 2023

Visiting Assistant Professor of History Victoria Broadus spoke at the Immigration Film Festival on October 20 in Washington, D.C., about the making of her documentary "Park Regent" (2022), which was featured in the festival program. The documentary captures the history and long-time community of an apartment building in the Mt. Pleasant neighborhood of Washington D.C.