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John D. French, Faculty of Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Professor of History

John D. French

An historian of modern Latin America with a specialization in Brazil, my most recent book entitled Drowning in Laws: Labor Law and Brazilian Political Culture was published in 2004. I was on residential fellowships at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (2005-06) and at the Kellogg Institute at Notre Dame (Spring 2007)to work on my book entitled "Lula's Politics of Cunning: From Trade Unionism to the Presidency." I am also finishing on a book entitled "Globalizing Protest and Policy: Neo-Liberalism, Worker Rights, and the Rise of Alt-Global Politics" that reflects ongoing research labor and globalization. I have received major fellowships from: Fulbright-Hays (1981-1982, 2000), Inter-American Foundation (1981-83), Social Science Research Council (1981-83, 1991) the National Humanities Center (1995-96), the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (2005-2006), and the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame (Spring 2007). In addition, my external grants include: American Philosophical Society (1998), American Council of Learned Societies (1991), National Endowment for the Humanities (1998, 1991), National Historical Publications and Records Commission (1998-2000) and North-South Center (1994) Since 1984, I have been co-coordinator of the Latin American Labor History Conference held in April of each year at Duke, and I served as Director of the Duke Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies from 2001 to December 2005, and as Director of the Carolina and Duke Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies 2002-05. I also serve as Associate Editor for Latin America and the Caribbean for the journal Labor: Studies in Working Class History of the Americas, under its new editor Leon Fink (University of Illinois-Chicago).

Contact Info:
Office Location:  223 Carr Bldg., Box 90719
Office Phone:  (919) 684-2536
Email Address: send me a message

Teaching (Fall 2014):

  • HISTORY 328.01, GLOBAL BRAZIL Synopsis
    Smith B189, TuTh 11:45 AM-01:00 PM
    (also cross-listed as AAAS 213.01, LATAMER 328.01)
  • HISTORY 790S-02.01, LATIN AMERICAN HISTORY (TOP) Synopsis
    Smith B189, Tu 06:15 PM-08:45 PM
Teaching (Spring 2015):

  • HISTORY 471S.01, CAP SEM-LATIN AMER. LEFT TURNS Synopsis
    West Duke 105, MW 01:25 PM-02:40 PM
    (also cross-listed as LATAMER 471S.01, POLSCI 497S.01)
Education:

PhDYale University1985
MAUniversity of Pittsburgh1978
BA (Magna cum laude)Amherst College1975
Specialties:

Gender
Labor and Working Class History
Legal History
Politics, Public Life and Governance
Race and Ethnicity
Latin America and the Caribbean
Global and Comparative
Research Interests:

Current projects: Since 1984, I have been co-coordinator of the Latin American Labor History Conference held in April of each year at Duke, and I served as Director of the Duke Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies from 2001 to December 2005, and as Director of the Carolina and Duke Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies 2002-05. I also serve as Associate Editor for Latin America and the Caribbean for the journal Labor: Studies in Working Class History of the Americas, under its new editor Leon Fink (University of Illinois-Chicago).

I am an historian of modern Latin America with a specialization in Brazil. Since 2005, I have been working on a book entitled "Lula's Politics of Cunning: From Trade Unionism to the Presidency in Brazil" which draws on a multi-year international research project on “Nurturing Hope, Deepening Democracy, and Combating Inequalities: An Assessment of Lula’s Presidency” that I co-organized (preliminary results have been published in 2012 along with a number of other articles on Lula, Latin American left turns, and working class history in Brazil. My last book entitled "Drowning in Laws: Labor Law and Brazilian Political Culture" was published in 2004.

Keywords:

Brazil • WTO • labor • transnationalism • African diaspora • Lula • PT

Curriculum Vitae
Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. J.D. French, Review of A tessitura dos direitos: Patrões e empregados na justiça do trabalho, 1953 – 1964 by Larissa Correia, Hispanic American Historical Review, vol. 93 no. 4 (2013), pp. 723-4 [PDF]
  2. J.D. French, Política, Memória, e Vida Operaria na Cinebiografia Lula, Filho do Brasil, Perseu. História, Memória e Política [Revisa do Centro Sérgio Buarque de Holanda da Fundação Perseu Abramo] no. 6 (2013), pp. 259-277
  3. J.D. French, Review of Oliver Dinius, Brazil's Steel City: Developmentalism, Strategic Power, and Industrial Relations in Volta Redonda, 1941-1964 (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2010), The Americas, vol. 68 no. 4 (2012), pp. 599-602 [PDF]
  4. J.D. French, “’Kill the Americans!" The U.S. Government, Citizens, and Companies in Latin America from the Panama Canal to Plan Colombia,", Radical History Review no. 112 (2012), pp. 201-208 [PDF]
  5. with Alexandre Fortes, Nurturing Hope, Deepening Democracy, and Combating Inequalities in Brazil: Lula, the Workers´ Party, and Dilma Rousseff's 2010 Election as President, Labor: Studies in Working Class History of the Americas, vol. 9 no. 1 (2011), pp. 7-28 [PDF]


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