John D. French
Professor of History
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.
Visiting Faculty Share Agreement awarded by University of Richmond (Principal Investigator). 2014
Beyond the Battlefield: The Labor of Military Service in Latin America and the Caribbean awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2010 to 2011
Assessing the First Term in Office of President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva (2002-2010): Ruptures or Continuity in Public awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2007 to 2008
"Lectures by scholars doing cutting-edge research on Latin America in Spring 2001" awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2001
Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad Program awarded by Department of Education (Principal Investigator). 1999 to 2000
French, JD. Drowning in Laws: Labor Law and Brazilian Political Culture. University of North Carolina Press, July 2004.
French, JD. Afogados em Leis: A CLT e a Cultura Politica dos Trabalhadores Brasileiros. Sao Paulo: Fundacao Perseu Abramo, 2001.
The Gendered Worlds of Latin American Women Workers: From Household and Factory to the Union Hall and Ballot Box. Ed. JD French and D James. Durham: Duke University Press, 1997.
Labor, Economic Integration, and Transnationalism: A Miscellaneous Bibliography. Ed. JD French, J Cowie, M Healey, and S Littlehale. Miami: Center for Labor Research and Studies of Florida International University, 1996.
Labor and NAFTA: A Bibliography. Ed. JD French, J Cowie, and S Littlehale. Miami: Center for Labor Research and Studies of Florida International University, 1996.
Latin American Labor Studies Syllabi. Ed. JD French. Miami: Center for Labor Research and Studies of Florida International University, 1995.
French, JD, Cowie, J, and Littlehale, S. Labor and NAFTA: A Briefing Book. Durham: Duke-UNC Program in Latin American Studies, 1995.
French, JD. "Another World History Is Possible: Reflections on the Translocal, Transnational, and Global." Workers Across the Americas:The Transnational Turn in Labor History. Ed. L Fink. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, USA, March 16, 2011. 3-11. Open Access Copy
French, JD. "Many Lefts, One Path? Chávez and Lula." Latin America’s Left Turns: Politics, Policies and Trajectories of Change. Ed. MA Cameron and E Hershberg. Lynne Rienner, 2010. 41-60.
French, JD. "The Professor and the Worker: Using Brazil to Better Understand Latin America's Plural Left." Rethinking Intellectuals in Latin America. Ed. M Moraña and BD Gustafson. Frankfurt, Germany and Madrid, Spain: Iberoamericana/Vervuert, 2010. 91-113. Open Access Copy
French, JD. "Os Trabalhos Arquivísticos Voltado ao Mundo dos Trabalhadores: Avanços e Desafios em América Latina desde 1992." O mundo dos trabalhadores e seus arquivos. Ed. AJ Marques and IT Stampa. Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Brazil: Arquivo Nacional/CUT, 2009. 83-101. Open Access Copy
French, JD. "The Laboring and Middle-Class Peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean: Historical Trajectories and New Research Directions." Global Labour History. Ed. J Lucassen. Peter Lange Pub Inc, August 18, 2006. 289-333. Open Access Copy
French, JD. "Proclamando Direitos, Metendo o Pau, e Lutando pelos Direitos: A Questao Social como Caso de Polícia, 1920-1964." Direitos e Justicas no Brasil: Ensaios de Historia Social. Ed. S Lara and J Mendonca. Campinas: Editora da UNICAMP, 2006. 379-416. Open Access Copy
French, JD. "As Falsas Dicotomias entre Escravidao e Liberdade: Continuidades e Rupturas na Formaçao Política e Social do Brasil Moderno." Trabalho Escravo: Brasil e Europa, Séculos XVII e XIX. Ed. DC Libby and JF Furtado. Anablume, 2006. 75-96.
French, JD. "Labor and NAFTA: Nationalist Reflexes and Transnational Imperatives in North America." Labour and Globalisation: Results and Prospects. Ed. R Munck. Liverpool: University of Liverpool Press, 2004. 149-65.
French, JD. "The tessitura of rights: employers and employees in labor law, 1953-1964." HAHR-HISPANIC AMERICAN HISTORICAL REVIEW 93.4 (November 2013): 723-724.
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] (2013): 259-277. (Academic Article)
French, JD. "Review of A tessitura dos direitos: Patrões e empregados na justiça do trabalho, 1953 – 1964 by Larissa Correia." Hispanic American Historical Review 93 (2013): 723-4. (Review)
Fortes, A, and French, J. "The "Lula Era", the 2010 presidential elections and the challenges of post-neoliberalism." Tempo Social 24.1 (December 1, 2012): 201-228. Full Text
French, JD. "Brazil's Steel City: Developmentalism, Strategic Power, and Industrial Relations in Volta Redonda, 1941-1964." AMERICAS 68.4 (April 2012): 599-602. Open Access Copy
French, JD. "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 68 (2012): 599-602. (Review)
French, JD. ""Kill the Americans!" The US Government, Citizens, and Companies in Latin America from the Panama Canal to Plan Colombia." RADICAL HISTORY REVIEW 112 (2012): 201-208. Full Text Open Access Copy
French, JD, and Fortes, A. "When the Plumber(s) Come to Fix a Country: Doing Labor History in Brazil." INTERNATIONAL LABOR AND WORKING-CLASS HISTORY 82 (2012): 117-126. Full Text
French, JD. Understanding the Politics of Latin America’s Plural Lefts (Chávez/Lula): Social Democracy, Populism, and Convergence on the Path to a Post-Neoliberal World. Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame, 2009. Open Access Copy
French, JD. "Question and Answer on comments by Brazilian President Lula at the International Labor Organization regarding labor, the G-20, and global crisis." Latin American Advisor [Inter-American Dialogue, Washington, DC) (August 2009): 4-4.
French, JD. "Guest Commentary: The John Hope I Came to Know." The Chronicle (2009).
French, JD. "Obama e os Limites da Ousadia [Obama and the Limits of Audacity]." Teoria e Debate (Sao Paulo Brazil) (August 2008): 44-48.
French, JD. "Commentary on slave labor and Brazilian pig iron imports into the United States." Latin American Advisor [Inter-American Dialogue, Washington, D.C.] (2006).