Ten professors, staff members and students associated with the department of history will each make their case for the book they think changed everything. Each presenter gets six minutes. Then a jury will vote and declare a winner.
Marc Adam Hertzman PhD
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 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. My work has also appeared online in New York Magazine, RebootIllinois, Notches, and other venues, and I 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 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 HIST 104 (Black Music) and the history thesis seminar (HIST 499).
- 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)