John D. French

Professor of History

External Address: 
331 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. "A História latino-americana do trabalho hoje: Uma reflexão auto-crítica." Revista de Historia (2002): 11-28. (Academic Article) Open Access Copy

French, JD. "One-Question Interview: Watching Lula." Dialogue 17 (2002).

French, JD. "Intimate ironies: Modernity and the making of middle-class lives in Brazil." HISPANIC AMERICAN HISTORICAL REVIEW 81.1 (February 2001): 198-200. Full Text Open Access Copy

French, JD. "Beyond Words, Without Words, and Finding Words." Dialogue 16 (2001): 7-11. (Academic Article)

French, JD. "Labour relations and the new unionism in contemporary Brazil." INTERNATIONAL LABOR AND WORKING-CLASS HISTORY 60 (2001): 234-237. (Review)

French, JD. "El Auge de Los Estudios Sobre el Trabajo en Latinoamerica." Historia Social (2001): 129-150.

French, JD. "A Procura de uma Visão Panorámica do Trabalho em América Latina durante a Época Populista." Revista Latinoamericana de Estudios del Trabajo 7 (2001): 213-26. (Academic Article)

French, JD. "'They Don't Wear Black-Tie': Intellectuals and workers in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 1958-1981." INTERNATIONAL LABOR AND WORKING-CLASS HISTORY 59 (2001): 60-80. Open Access Copy