John French

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.


Global Brazil Lab


Global Brazil Humanities Lab
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
New Humanities Lab Takes On the World's Largest Unknown Country, Brazil
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