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James Woodard

Professor, History

BA, University of North Carolina
MA, Brown University
PhD, Brown University
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James Woodard joined the history faculty at Montclair State in 2006, having previously held visiting appointments at Brown University and the University of Maryland, as well as a postdoctoral fellowship at Emory University’s Center for Humanistic Inquiry. Since 2006, he has also served as a visiting professor at the Universidade Estadual Paulista in Assis (São Paulo state, Brazil) and as a Fulbright scholar hosted by the Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil’s premiere research university, in 2012 and 2010, respectively. He holds a Ph.D. and an A.M. in history from Brown University, where he studied under the direction of Thomas Skidmore, and a B.A., also in history, from the University of North Carolina. A historian of Brazil, he offers courses on Latin America generally, as well as in his specialty. His most recent book is <i>Brazil’s Revolution in Commerce: Creating Consumer Capitalism in the American Century</i> (University of North Carolina Press, 2020), selected as an Outstanding Academic Title by CHOICE, the magazine of the American Library Association. He is also the author of <i>A Place in Politics: São Paulo, Brazil, from Seigneurial Republicanism to Regionalist Revolt</i> (Duke University Press, 2009); of articles published in the <i>Hispanic American Historical Review</i> (Duke University Press), <i>Journal of Latin American Studies</i> (Cambridge University Press), <i>Journal of World History</i> (University of Hawai‘i Press), <i>Luso-Brazilian Review</i> (University of Wisconsin Press), and <i>The Americas: A Quarterly Review of Latin American History</i> (Cambridge University Press), among other journals; and of numerous essays in edited volumes published in Brazil and the United States. In 2018, Cambridge University Press published <i>Blacks of the Land: Indian Slavery, Settler Society, and the Portuguese Colonial Enterprise in South America</i>, his co-translation, with Barbara Weinstein, of John Manuel Monteiro’s <i>Negros da terra: índios e bandeirantes nas origens de São Paulo</i> (Companhia das Letras, 1994). Under Covid-19, he has become an avid crossword puzzler and platform-tennis player, while writing a book that investigates white supremacy, black lives, and Brazilian nationality across the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

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