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 in postrevolutionary Mexico: The emergence of a new feminist political history." LATIN AMERICAN POLITICS AND SOCIETY 50.2 (2008): 175-184. Open Access Copy

French, JD, and James, D. "Polemics and an ‘Army of One’: Responding to John Womack Jr." Labor: Studies in Working Class History of the Americas 5 (2008): 125-129. Open Access Copy

French, JD. "Learning the Craft: The Role of Graduate Mentoring." AHA Perspectives 45 (November 2007). Open Access Copy

French, JD. "Mulheres no México Pós-Revolucionario: Rumo a uma Nova História Política Feminista." Revista da Universidade Rural- Série Ciencias Humanas e Sociais [Universidade Federal Rural de Rio de Janeiro] 29 (July 2007): 222-230. (Review)

French, JD, and James, D. "The Travails of Doing Labor History: The Restless Wanderings of John Womack Jr." Labor: Studies in Working Class History of the Americas 4 (2007): 95-116. (Academic Article) Open Access Copy

French, JD. "Review of Angus Wright and Wendy Wolford, To Inherit the Earth: The Landless Movement and the Struggle for a New Brazil." Labor: Studies in Working Class History of the Americas 4.1 (2007): 141-143. (Review) Open Access Copy

Fortes, A, and French, JD. "“’Another World is Possible: The Rise of the Brazilian Workers’ Party and the Prospects for Lula’s Government”." Labor: Studies in Working Class History of the Americas 2 (2005): 13-31. Open Access Copy

French, JD. "The Robert J. Alexander Interview Collection." Hispanic American Historical Review 84.2 (May 1, 2004): 315-326. Full Text

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