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

French, JD. "The Latin American labor studies boom." INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF SOCIAL HISTORY 45 (August 2000): 279-308. Full Text Open Access Copy

French, JD. "As Mulheres e a Mobilização Operária na época de Pós-Guerra em São Paulo, 1945-1948." Historia Social [Revista da Pós-Graduação em História, IFCH-UNICAMP] (2000): 171-211. (Academic Article)

French, JD. "A Origem da Intervencao Estatal nas Relacoes Industriais Brasileiras, 1930-1934: Uma Critica." Tomo [Revista do Nucleo de Pos-Graduacao em Ciencias Sociais da Universidade Federal de Sergipe (2000): 9-27.

French, JD, and Cluff, MLP. "As Mulheres e a Mobilizacao Operaria na epoca de Pos-Guerra em Sao Paulo, 1945-1948." Historia Social [Revista da Pos-Graduacao em Historia, IFCH-UNICAMP] (2000): 171-211. (Academic Article)

French, JD. "Preface for Na Luta por Direitos: Estudos Recentes em História Social do Trabalho." Ed. A Fortes, A Negro, and P Fontes. (1999). (Academic Article)

French, JD. "Wrote biographical entry on Rochester abolitionist William C. Bloss." American National Biography 3 (1999): 54-5. (Academic Article)