John D. French

Professor of History

External Address: 
331 Carr Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90719, Durham, NC 27708-0719
Phone: 
(919) 684-2536

Overview

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.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Yale University 1985

French, JD. The Brazilian Workers’ ABC: Class Conflict and Alliances in Modern Sao Paulo. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 1992.

Latin American Labor Studies Bibliography (1992). Ed. JD French. Miami: Center for Labor Research and Studies of Florida International University, 1992.

Robert Alexander: The Complete Bibliography of a Pioneering Latin Americanist. Ed. JD French. Miami: Center for Labor Research and Studies, Florida International University, 1991.

Latin American Labor Studies: A Bibliography of English Publications through 1989Latin American Labor Studies: An Interim Bibliography of Non-English Publications (1989). Ed. JD French and JD French. Miami: Center for Labor Research and Studies of Florida International University, 1989.

Pages

"Labour and NAFTA: Nationalist Reflexes and Transnational Imperatives in North America, 1991-1995." Labour and Globalisation. Ed. R Munck. Liverpool, UK: Liverpool University Press, 2004. 149-165. Open Access Copy

French, JD. "’Not all of History is Recorded in the Books Supplied to School Children’: ’Pale History Books’ and the Hidden Afro-Diasporic Dialogue between the United States and Brazil, 1914-1966." Resistência e Inclusão: História, Cultura, Cidadania Afrodescendentes. Ed. DPRD Fonseca. Rio de Janeiro: Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, Consulado Geral dos Estados Unidos no Rio de Janeiro, 2003. 19-49.

French, JD. "'Not all of History is Recorded in the Books Supplied to School Children': 'Pale History Books' and the Hidden Afro-Diasporic Dialogue between the United States and Brazil, 1914-1966." Resistência e Inclusão: História, Cultura, Cidadania Afrodescendentes. Ed. Denise Pini Rosalem de Fonseca. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, Consulado Geral dos Estados Unidos no Rio de Janeiro, 2003. 19-49. Open Access Copy

French, JD. "Beyond Words, Without Words, and Finding Words: Responding to the Catastrophe." The Aims of Argument: A Text and Reader. Timothy W. Crusius and Carolyn E. Channell, a college textbook published by McGraw-Hill Companies, 2002.

French, JD. "Latin American and International Working Class History on the Brink of the 21st Century: Points of Departure in Comparative Labor Studies." The Labor Movement: A Failed Project of Modernity. Linz, Austria: International Conference of Labor and Social History, 2000.

French, JD. "Pensar América Latina. Entrevista de Daniel James e John French." Na Luta por Direitos: Estudos Recentes em História Social do Trabalho. Ed. A Fortes and A Negro. Campinas: UNICAMP, 1999. 181-210.

French, JD. "Los trabajadores industriales y el nacimiento de la República Populista en Brasil, 1945-46." Populismo y Neopopulismo en América Latina: El Problema de la Cenicienta. Ed. MM Mackinnon and MA Petrone. Buenos Aires: Editorial Universitaria de Buenos Aires, 1998. 59-77.

French, JD. "Reflections on a Recent Exchange between Duke University and El Colegio de México." Integrating Higher Education in North America: From Wingspread to San Diego. Ed. N Clement and G Sparrow. San Diego: Institute for Regional Studies of the California, San Diego State University, 1998. 29-29.

French, JD, and James, D. "Squaring the Circle: Women’s Factory Labor, Gender Ideology, and Necessity." The Gendered Worlds of Latin American Women Workers. Durham: Duke University Press, 1997. 1-30.

Pages

French, JD, and Negro, AL. "Politics, Memory, and Working Class Life in the Commercial Biopic Lula, Son of Brazil." A Contracorriente: A Journal of Social History and Literature 8 (2011): 377-394. (Academic Article) Open Access Copy

French, JD, and Fortes, A. "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 9 (2011): 7-28. (Academic Article)

French, JD. "Resenha: Antonio Luigi Negro, Linhas de Montagem (Sao Paulo: 2004)." Tempo Social. Revista de Sociologia da Universidade de Sao Paulo 22 (2010): 277-87. (Review)

French, JD. "Lula, the ’New Unionism,’ and the Brazilian Workers’ Party: How Workers Came to Change the World, or at Least Brazil." Latin American Politics and Society 51 (November 2009): 157-169. (Academic Article) Open Access Copy

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