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. "Women and Working Class Mobilization in Postwar São Paulo, Brazil 1945-1948." The Gendered Worlds of Latin American Women Workers. 1997. 176-207.

French, JD. "A Busca de Padrôes de Direitos Trabalhistas no Comércio Internacional: A "Cláusula Social"." Processos de Integração Regional e a Sociedade: O Sindicalismo na Argentina, Brasil, México, e Venezuela. Ed. H Zylberstajn and E al. Rio de Janeiro: Paz e Terra, 1996. 326-345.

French, JD. "The Declaration of Philadelphia and the Global Social Charter of the United Nations, 1944-1945." International Labour Standards in the Globalized Economy: Issues, Challenges, and Perspectives. Ed. W Sengenberger and D Campbell. Geneva: International Labor Organization, 1994. 19-26.

French, JD. "The Populist Gamble of Getúlio Vargas in 1945: Political and Ideological Transitions in Brazil." Latin America in the 1940s: War and Postwar Adjustments. Ed. D Rock. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1994. 141-165.

Pages

French, JD, and Wintersteen, K. "Crafting an International Legal Regime for Worker Rights: Assessing the Literature since the 1999 Seattle WTO Protests." International Labor and Working-Class History (2009): 1-24. (Academic Article) Open Access Copy

French, JD, and Wintersteen, K. "Crafting an International Legal Regime for Worker Rights: Assessing the Literature since the 1999 Seattle WTO Protests." INTERNATIONAL LABOR AND WORKING-CLASS HISTORY 75 (2009): 145-168. Open Access Copy

French, JD. "Review of the documentary “Lula’s Brazil: The Management of Hope” Directed by Gonzalo Arijón (2005)." Labor: Studies in Working Class History of the Americas 6.3 (2009): 120-122. (Review) Open Access Copy

French, JD. "Obama e os limites da ousadia." Teoria e Debate 78 (July 2008): 44-48. (Academic Article) Open Access Copy

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