Claiton da Silva

Membership:  2017-2018

Member Bio

Claiton Marcio da Silva currently teaches at the Universidade Federal da Fronteira Sul (UFFS) in Santa Catarina, Brazil. His studies on the environment, society, and modernization of Brazilian agriculture began in 2002. He completed his MA in history at the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC) with a thesis on rural youth in Southern Brazil. At Casa de Oswaldo Cruz (COC/Fiocruz), his doctoral dissertation explored the work of Nelson Rockefeller’s American International Association for Economic and Social Development (AIA). Since then, his main topic of research has focused the US influence in Latin America in terms of agricultural experiments. At UFFS, he teaches undergraduate courses in interdisciplinary topics such as history, agronomy, geography, and environmental engineering, among others. He also teaches in the master's program at UFFS, where he supervises projects related to environment and society. His book about the AIA was published in 2015.


  • De agricultor a farmer: Nelson Rockefeller e a modernização da agricultura no Brasil [From traditional farmer to modern farmer: Nelson Rockefeller and the modernization of agriculture in Brazil]. Curitiba: UFPR; Guarapuava: UNICENTRO, 2015.
  • “A longa marcha do ‘desmatamento civilizador’: migrantes sulistas no Cerrado Tocantinense” [The “civilizing deforestation” in progress: southern migration to Tocantins’ Cerrados]. In Colonização, conflitos e convivências nas fronteiras do Brasil, da Argentina e do Paraguai, edited by Valmir Muraro and Delmir José Valentini. Chapecó: UFFS, 2015.
  • with Geraldo Coelho and Jó Klanovicz. “Da revolução verde à agroecologia” [From green revolution to agroecology]. In Semeando saberes: subsídios teóricos práticos para sustentabilidade no meio rural, edited by S. R. P. Lopes, 16–23. Guarapuava: Apprehendere, 2015.
  • “Ciencia y saberes locales en la posguerra: la Asociación Internacional Americana para el Desarrollo Económico y Social (AIA) y los programas de modernización de la agricultura en Brasil (1945–1961).” Asclepio 67 (2015): 82–95.
  • “De um Dust Bowl paulista à busca de fertilidade do solo no Cerrado: a trajetória do IRI Research Institute (IRI) e as pesquisas em ciências do solo no Brasil (1951–1963)” [From a São Paulo Dust Bowl to the search for fertility in the Cerrado: A history of the IRI Research Institute and scientific research on Brazilian soil]. Revista Brasileira de História da Ciência 1 (2012): 146–55.
  • Agriculture and Technical Cooperation: Nelson Rockefeller and the Work of AIA in Brazil (1946–1961).” History Research 6 (2012).