810 S. Wright Street
Urbana, IL 61801
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 Magazine, RebootIllinois, Notches, and others, and have appeared on Al-Jazeera to provide commentary and news analysis about Brazil.
Currently, I am working on a scholarly monograph about the meanings attached to Zumbi, the iconic leader of Palmares, Brazil's famed fugitive slave community, who died in 1695. Bridging Brazilian, African Diaspora, and Environmental History, the project weaves interrelated narratives about slavery, land, Zumbi's death, and the aftermath of Palmares across three centuries of history. An early meditation on the project, published in 2017 in the American Historical Review, won the Vanderwood and Kimberly S. Hanger article prizes.
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, Spanish and Portuguese
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)
Hertzman, M. A. (2020). Gilberto Gil's Refazenda. (33 1/3 Brazil). Bloomsbury Academic Press.
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.