IGI Executive Office

Jerry Dávila is Executive Director of the Illinois Global Institute. He is also the Jorge Paulo Lemann Chair in Brazilian History. Dávila’s research focuses on the influence of racial thought on public policy in Brazil, as well as the state and social movements in the twentieth century.  He is the author of Hotel Trópico: Brazil and the Challenge of African Decolonization (Duke, 2010), Diploma of Whiteness: Race and Public Policy in Brazil (Duke, 2003), and Dictatorship in South America (Wiley, 2013). He is also co-author of A History of World Societies, 11th ed. (Bedford-St. Martin’s, 2018).

Colleen Murphy, Acting Executive Director, is the Roger and Stephany Joslin Professor of Law. Murphy holds courtesy appointments as a Professor of Philosophy and of Political Science, and she is the Humanities Research Institute - Andrew W. Mellon Faculty Fellow in Legal Humanities. Murphy is serving as the Acting Executive Director of the Illinois Global Institute for the 2021-2022 Academic Year; in fall 2022 will return to serve as the Director of the Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program (WGGP) in the Illinois Global Institute (IGI), a position she has held since 2013. Her research focuses specifically on political reconciliation and transitional justice in response to entrenched injustice, and on the legal and ethical dimensions of risks. Murphy is the author of The Conceptual Foundations of Transitional Justice (Cambridge University Press, 2017) and A Moral Theory of Political Reconciliation (Cambridge University Press, 2010).