John French

Professor of History

Co-Director, Global Brazil Lab

-- Duke University
HWL Affiliation: Humanities Lab, Steering Committee

John French is an historian of modern Latin America with a specialization in Brazil. His current book project, Lula's Politics of Cunning: From Trade Unionism to the Presidency in Brazil, draws on a multi-year international research project on “Nurturing Hope, Deepening Democracy, and Combating Inequalities: An Assessment of Lula’s Presidency” that he co-organized (preliminary results were published in 2012).  He has written a number of other articles on Lula, Latin American left turns, and working class history in Brazil. His last book, Drowning in Laws: Labor Law and Brazilian Political Culture, was published by University of North Carolina Press in 2004.

Since Fall 2014, he has been co-Director of the Humanities Lab Global Brazil: Culture, Nature, Politics.




New Humanities Lab Takes On the World's Largest Unknown Country, Brazil
-- Sep 19 2014
Brazil is an increasingly important player on the world stage. Its profile at Duke is rising as well. A Humanities Lab launched this semester, Global Brazil: Culture, Nature, Politics, joins a new... Read More
Global Brazil Humanities Lab
-- Feb 24 2014
A new Humanities Laboratory, GLOBAL BRAZIL: CULTURE, NATURE, POLITICS, will begin in Fall 2014. Global Brazil aims to generate new conversations between the humanities, the social sciences, and the... Read More