John D. French

Professor of History

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


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, Mörner, M, and Viñuela, JFD. "Comparative Approaches to Latin American History." Latin American Research Review 17 (1982): 55-89. (Academic Article)

French, JD. "’Reaping the Whirlwind:’ The Origins of the Allegheny County Greenback Labor Party in 1877." Western Pennsylvania Historical Magazine 64 (1981): 97-119. (Academic Article) Open Access Copy