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John D. French, Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies, History

John D. French
Contact Info:
Office Location:  331 Classroom Building
Office Phone:  (919) 684-2536
Email Address: send me a message

Teaching (Fall 2020):

  • HISTORY 328.01, GLOBAL BRAZIL Synopsis
    East Duke 209, TuTh 12:00 PM-01:15 PM
    (also cross-listed as AAAS 213.01, LATAMER 328.01, RIGHTS 328.01)
  • HISTORY 790S-02.01, LATIN AMERICAN HISTORY (TOP) Synopsis
    Online ON, W 07:00 PM-09:30 PM
Teaching (Spring 2021):

  • HISTORY 264.01, LATIN AM WARS OF INDEPENDENCE Synopsis
    LSRC B101, MW 10:15 AM-11:30 AM
    (also cross-listed as AAAS 264.01, ICS 232.01, POLSCI 257.01)
  • HISTORY 329.01, LATIN AM. SINCE INDEPENDENCE Synopsis
    Social Sciences 139, WF 03:30 PM-04:45 PM
    (also cross-listed as ICS 329.01)
Education:

Ph.D.Yale 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 have served since 2001 as Director of the Duke Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and since 2002 as Director of the Carolina and Duke Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. 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).

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 will be on a residential at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in AY 2005-2006 to finish a book on the origin of Brazilian president Luis Inacio Lula da Silva entitled "Building Movements in a World in Flux: Leadership, Consciousness, and Mobilization among Metalworkers in São Paulo, Brazil 1950-1980." I have active ongoing research projects dealing with labor and globalization, as well as on "The Potential of Diasporic Dialogue: The Intersection of Afro-North America and Afro-Latin America in the Twentieth Century."

Keywords:

Latin America • Brazil • WTO

Curriculum Vitae
Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Wolford, W; French, JD, Deconstructing the post-neoliberal state, edited by Wolford, W; French, JD, Latin American Perspectives, vol. 43 no. 2 (March, 2016), pp. 4-21, SAGE Publications [doi]  [abs]
  2. French, JD, The tessitura of rights: employers and employees in labor law, 1953-1964, The Hispanic American Historical Review, vol. 93 no. 4 (November, 2013), pp. 723-724, ISSN 0018-2168 [Gateway.cgi]
  3. French, JD, 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
  4. French, JD, 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
  5. Fortes, A; French, J, The "Lula Era", the 2010 presidential elections and the challenges of post-neoliberalism, Tempo Social, vol. 24 no. 1 (December, 2012), pp. 201-228, FapUNIFESP (SciELO) [doi]  [abs]

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), and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (2005-2006). 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)