Biographical Information

Carlos Kessel is a historian and diplomat. A researcher at the Luso-Brazilian Research Center of the Real Gabinete Português de Leitura (Rio de Janeiro), he worked as a consultant on projects at the Villa-Lobos Museum and the National Historical Museum, both in Rio de Janeiro, and was a professor at the Rio Branco Institute of the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, at the State University of Rio de Janeiro and at Cândido Mendes University. His main research areas are: Luso-Brazilian Relations, Cultural Heritage, History of Rio de Janeiro, Urban History and Architectural History. He is on leave from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 2018, having previously worked in the Cultural Affairs Department and at the Brazilian embassies in Cape Verde, Chile and Portugal.

Research Interests: Luso-Brazilian Relations, City, Architecture, Identity, Heritage

Key Publications

  • Arquitetura Neocolonial no Brasil: entre o pastiche e a modernidade. Rio de Janeiro : Jauá Editora, 2008.
  • Tesouros do Morro do Castelo: mistério e história nos subterrâneos do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro : Jorge Zahar Editora, 2008.
  • Um balcão na Capital: Memórias do comércio na cidade do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro : Editora SENAC RJ, 2003. Com Worcman, Karen.
  • A vitrine e o espelho: o Rio de Janeiro de Carlos Sampaio. Rio de Janeiro : Prefeitura da Cidade do Rio de Janeiro, 2001.