Marc Adam Hertzman PhD

 Marc Hertzman

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446E Gregory Hall
810 S. Wright Street
Urbana, IL 61801
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Associate Professor
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Biography

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, given annually to the best manuscript about Latin America in the Humanities and Social Sciences. 

I have published articles in Hispanic American Historical Review, Luso-Brazilian Review, A Contracorriente, Journal of Latin American Studies, and several edited volumes in Brazil. My work has also appeared in New York Magazine, RebootIllinois, Notches, and other venues.  I have occasionally appeared on Al-Jazeera to provide commentary and news analysis.

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 quilombo (runaway 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 I 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 teaching Latin American Studies 170 and the history thesis seminar (History 499).

Education

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

Distinctions / Awards

  • Conrad Humanities Scholar (2017-2022)
  • Honorable Mention, Bryce Wood Book Prize (2014)
  • New England Council of Latin American Studies Best Dissertation Prize (2009)
  • Fulbright Hays (2004)

Selected Publications

Books

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Making Samba: A New History of Race and Music in Brazil Durham Duke University Press 2013. Website.

Journal Articles

Fatal Differences: Suicide, Race, and Forced Labor in the Americas American Historical Review 122 2 2017, p. 317-345.
Os ciclos do samba: Inovação, fontes e mitos cem anos depois de 'Pelo telefone' (Samba Cycles: Innovation, Sources, and Myth 100 Years after 'Pelo telefone' Afro-Ásia 55 2017, p. 259-272.
Toward and against a Sounded History Hispanic American Historical Review 96 2 2016, p. 249-58.
'To Love without Fear': Feminist and LGBTQ Mobilizations in Brazil Notches: (Re)marks on the History of Sexuality 2016.
Where’s the Empire in Brazilian Empire?: Race, Gender, and Imperial Nostalgia in Turn-of-the-Century Brazil Luso-Brazilian Review 52 1 2015, p. 1-20.
Beyond Renewal? Colonialism, the Canon, and the Challenging Spaces between Martí and Chakrabarty A Contracorriente: A Journal on Social History and Literature in Latin America 12 2 2015, p. 42-73. A Contracorriente.
Making Music and Masculinity in Vagrancy's Shadow: Race, Wealth, and Malandragem in post-Abolition Rio de Janeiro Hispanic American Historical Review 90 4 2010, p. 591-626.
A Brazilian Counterweight: Music, Intellectual Property, and the African Diaspora in Rio de Janeiro (1910s-1930s) The Journal of Latin American Studies 41 4 2009, p. 695-722.
The Promise and Challenge of Transnational History (Review Essay) A Contracorriente: A Journal on Social History and Literature in Latin America 7 1 2009, p. 305-15.

Book Contributions

Freyreans, Marxists, and the 'Labyrinth of Nations': Lima Barreto and His Critics Lima Barreto: New Critical Perspectives Freyreans, Marxists, and the 'Labyrinth of Nations': Lima Barreto and His Critics Lanham, MD Lexington Books 2013.
Fora de moda e sem lugar: Rádio e cultura na formação da escola USPiana (1960s-‘70s) Música e as Ciências Sociais Fora de moda e sem lugar: Rádio e cultura na formação da escola USPiana (1960s-‘70s) Forthcoming 2016.
Prefácio: Nos labirintos da música: Estudos interdisciplinares, história, nação, tradição Sentinelas da tradição: A constituição da autenticidade no samba e no choro Prefácio: Nos labirintos da música: Estudos interdisciplinares, história, nação, tradição Forthcoming 2016.
Music, Religion, and Perceptions of Crime in Early Twentieth-Century Rio de Janeiro The Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History Music, Religion, and Perceptions of Crime in Early Twentieth-Century Rio de Janeiro Detroit Thomson Gale 2006, p. 4:1541-44.

Website Articles

The Campaign to Impeach Brazil's President Is Viciously Sexist New York Magazine -- The Cut 2016.
Muhammad Ali and Illinois' Broken Political System Reboot Illinois 2016. Reboot Illinois.
Super Marta and Our Own Crises Duke University Press Blog 2014. Duke Press Blog.

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