Marc Adam Hertzman PhD

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Contact Information

446E Gregory Hall
810 S. Wright Street
Urbana, IL 61801

Associate Professor


I study the history of Brazil and Latin America with special interest in race, culture, labor, and gender.  My first book, Making Samba: A New History of Race and Music in Brazil, was published by Duke University Press in 2013.  In 2014, the Latin American Studies Association awarded it Honorable Mention (runner-up) for the Bryce Wood Book Prize

My work has appeared in American Historical Review, Hispanic American Historical Review, Luso-Brazilian Review, A Contracorriente, Journal of Latin American Studies, and several edited volumes published in the U.S. and Brazil. I have also written for online venues, including New York MagazineRebootIllinoisNotches, and others, and have  appeared on Al-Jazeera to provide commentary and news analysis about Brazil.

At the moment, I am working on several projects.  The first, a scholarly monograph titled "The Death of Zumbi: Suicide, Slavery, and Martyrdom in Brazil and the Black Atlantic," examines the ways that different actors have narrated the passing of a singular figure, Zumbi, the last leader of Palmares, Brazil's famed fugitive slave community. Between the end of the seventeenth century and the beginning of the twenty-first, observers across the Atlantic have treated his death alternately as a suicide or a war casualty.  Within these competing narratives, we may find new ways to understand the formation of colonial and independent Brazil and the trajectories of numerous twentieth-century phenomena, including Marxist mobilizations, racial revolution, and the consolidation of multiple authoritarian administrations.

A book about Gilberto Gil's album Refazenda  is under contract with Bloomsbury's 33 1/3 Series and due out in February.  I also have a longer-term project about the Brazilian scholar Edison Carneiro and his father, Antônio Joaquim de Souza Carneiro, both of whom helped shaped the intertwined histories of race, radical politics, and intellectual inquiry in the century that followed abolition (1888).

Before coming to Illinois I was Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Latin American Studies at Wesleyan University and then Assistant Professor of Latin American Cultural Studies and Director of the Center for Brazilian Studies at Columbia University.  

I am currently on leave.


B.A. Washington University (MO) (Magna Cum Laude, 2000); Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison (2008)

Additional Campus Affiliations

Associate Professor, Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory

Honors & Awards

Conrad Humanities Scholar (2017-2022)
Vanderwood Prize for "Fatal Differences" (2018)
Kimberly S. Hanger Article Prize for "Fatal Differences" (2018)
Honorable Mention, Bryce Wood Book Prize for Making Samba (2014)
New England Council of Latin American Studies Best Dissertation Prize (2009)
Fulbright-Hays (2004)

Recent Publications

Hertzman, M. A. (2019). Brincando de índio... e muito mais: atravessando espaço (e tempo) com os Oito Batutas, dentro e fora da cidade. In A. Barone, & F. Rios (Eds.), Negros nas cidades brasileiros (1890-1950) (pp. 333-357). São Paulo: Intermeios.

Hertzman, M. A. (2019). Diferenças fatais: suicídio, raça e trabalho forçado nas Américas. Mundos do Trabalho, 11, 1-38.

Hertzman, M. A. (2019). Fake News, Fake History? A Racist Judge Takes on Zumbi. Z Cultural, Z, 1-7.

Hertzman, M. A. (2018). Prefácio: Nos labirintos da música: estudos interdisciplinares, história, nação, tradição. In D. C. de Fernandes (Ed.), Sentinelas da Tradição: A Constituição da Autenticidade no Samba e no Choro (pp. 11-18). Edusp.

Hertzman, M. A., & Lemos, R. (2017). Entrepreneurship and competition in Brazil's music markets: A taxonomy of two eras. In W. Baer, J. Dávila, A. de Melo Modenesi, M. da Graça Derengowski Fonseca, & J. Kerstenetzky (Eds.), Brazil’s Economy: An Institutional and Sectoral Approach (pp. 136-156). (Routledge Studies in the Modern World Economy). New York: Routledge Taylor & Francis.

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