Associate Professor, Department of History and Chair of Latin American Studies, The College of Wooster, 2011-present

Assistant Professor, Department of History, The College of Wooster, 2005-2011


Princeton University Ph.D., Department of History, 2005
Dissertation: “Common Ground: A Comparative Social History of Nineteenth Century Households in Bahia & Minas Gerais, Brazil”
Advisor: Jeremy Adelman

New York University, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies MA, Latin American Studies, 1999

The George Washington University BA, International Affairs,1995 Magna cum laude


“The Bahian History Project: The 1835 Santiago do Iguape Household Census Database”

Digital Approaches to Teaching World HistoryMiddle Ground 2 (February 2011).

“Reading and Writing the Marriage Script: Anna Ribeiro de Goes Bittencourt and Nineteenth-century Bahian Women’s Romantic Expectations” (under review)

“Public Notions of Private Disorders: Gender and Violence in Nineteenth-century Sabara” (under review)

“Bahia” Encyclopedia of Slavery in the Americas, ed. Edward E. Baptist.  Facts on File, 2011.

“Marriage Choices in a Plantation Society: Bahia, Brazil” International Review of Social History 50 (2005): 25-41.

Book Reviews

Júnia Ferreira Furtado, Chica da Silva: A Brazilian Slave of the Eighteenth Century (Cambridge University Press, 2009) for Journal of World History 22:2 (2011).

José Carlos Barbosa, Slavery and Protestant Missions in Imperial Brazil: “The Black Does Not Enter the Church, He Peeks in from Outside” (University Press of America, 2008) for Luso-Brazilian Review 28 (2011).

Selected Presentations

“E-Portfolios as Tools for Advising and Intentional Learning”
Annual Meeting of the Association of American Colleges & Universities, Atlanta, GA, January 23-26 2013

“Cultivating Tropical Medicine: Systematizing Brazilian and European Botanical Knowledge in Chernoviz’s Formulário ou Guia Médico (1841)”
Panel: Disaster and Disease: Managing Natural Environments in Late Colonial and Early National Latin America
American Historical Association (AHA), New Orleans, LA, January 3-6 2013

“Diagnosing Enslaved Women in Imperial Brazil: Race & Gender in Chernoviz’s Diccionário de medicina popular (1842)”
Panel: Constructions of Race and Gender in Imperial Brazil
Brazilian Studies Association (BRASA), Champaign-Urbana, IL, September 6-8 2012

“Exploring the Potential of WordPress as a Platform for Student Scholarship and Research”
National Institute for Technology in Liberal Arts Education (NITLE) Symposium, Arlington, VA, April 16-17 2012

“Household Composition & Family Formation in 19th-Century Bahia, Brazil”
Guest Seminar Presentation for the Laboratory for Historical Demography
Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany November 2011

“Getting Started in the Digital Humanities”
GLCA Digital Humanities Workshop
Hope College, Holland, MI October 7-8, 2011

“Teaching Atlantic World Intellectual Networks with Dipity Maps and Timelines”
Panel: Pedagogical and Didactical Innovations – Learning and Teaching Methodologies
International Technology, Education, and Development Conference, Valencia, Spain March 2011

“Imagining Bahian History: The 1835 Santiago do Iguape Household Census Database”
Panel: Digital History: Challenges and Promises of New Methodologies
Brazilian Studies Association, Brasília, July 2010

“Student Learning through Digital History Projects”
THAT Camp, Columbus, OH January 2010

“Death and Dying on a Brazilian Sugar Plantation
Panel: Population Processes in the New World
Social Science History Association , Long Beach, CA November 2009

“Remedying the Household: Public Health in 19th Century Brazil”
Panel: State Science, Public Works, and Public Health
Latin American Studies Association, Rio de Janeiro, June 2009

“Workshop: One of These Things Is Not Like the Other: Brazil in the Small Liberal Arts College Curriculum”
Latin American Studies Association, Rio de Janeiro, June 2009

“Public Notions of Private Disorders: Gender and Violence in 19th Century Sabará”
Panel: When the State Moves In: Women, Authority, and Citizenship in Nineteenth-century Brazil
Berkshire Conference of Historians of Women, Minneapolis, June 2008

“Bom rapaz or Mau sujeito?: Gendered Depictions of Suitors in Anna Ribeiro’s Longos Serões do Campo”
Panel: The Contradictions of Modernity: Elite and Subaltern Discourses on Modernization During the 19th Century
Brazilian Studies Association Conference, New Orleans, March 2008

“Teaching Brazilian Social History with the 1835 Bahian Household Census”
Workshop: Teaching the Latin American 19th Century
Latin American Studies Association Conference, Montreal, September 2007

“To Love, Honor, and Obey? Marriage Choice in Two Brazilian Slave Societies”
Faculty at Large Lecture, College of Wooster, April 2007

“Memories of Our Slave Past: Representations of Slavery in Recent Brazilian Popular Culture”
Imagining Transatlantic Slavery Conference, Chawton House, England, March 2007

“‘Among Us, the Correction of Our Slaves…is a Necessary Custom’: 19th Century Brazilian Law and the Local Limits of Slaveholder Authority”
Panel on Local Justice: Interdisciplinary Perspectives and Historical Findings
Latin American Studies Association Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico, March 2006

“Defining Domestic Spaces: Race, Gender, and Household Composition in Nineteenth-Century Bahia, Brazil”
Session Organizer: “Conformities and Transgressions: Crossing Boundaries of Race and Gender in Pre-Abolition Brazil”
Latin American Studies Association Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, October 2004

Qualidade and the Limits of Patriarchal Authority: Master Slave Relations in Nineteenth Century Brazil”
Society of Woodrow Wilson Fellows, Princeton University, March 2003

“A representação e significado da América Latina para a América do Norte / The Representation and Significance of Latin America for North America”
Keynote Speaker, I Seminário Feirense de Estudos sobre a América Latina
Universidade Estadual de Feira de Santana, Feira de Santana, Brazil, September 2003

“Mulheres em Minas Gerais no Século XIX / Women in Nineteenth-Century Minas Gerais”
Works in Progress Presentation, Invited Speaker, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais Belo Horizonte, Brazil, February 2003

Research in Progress

“Remedying the Household: Domestic Medicine in 19th Century Brazil”

Courses Taught

History of Brazil
Latin America & The United States
Colonial Latin American History
Modern Latin American History
Slavery in the Americas
First Year Seminar: Mapping the Americas
Global History
Seminar: Women’s Lives in Latin American History

Honors, Grants, & Fellowships

Luce Grantto attend “Geographical Information Systems in the Digital Humanities” Seminar, DHSI, University of Victoria, 2011
Faculty Development Grant to attend ICPSR Summer Program on Quantitative Historical Analysis, University of Michigan, 2008
Ralston Presidential Endowment for Faculty Development, College of Wooster, 2005
Society of Woodrow Wilson Graduate Fellowship , Princeton University, 2003-2005
Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship, 2002-2003
Guest Researcher, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, 2002-2003
Summer Fellowship Grants, The Graduate School, Princeton University, 2002 & 2004
Princeton University Fellowship, 1999-2004
Princeton Program in Latin American Studies Summer Research Grants, 2000 & 2001
Princeton Council on Regional Studies Pre-Dissertation Research Grants, 2000 & 2001
New York University Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies Summer Research Grant, 1998

Professional Service

Conference with Trustees Committee, College of Wooster, 2012-
Educational Policy Committee, College of Wooster, 2009-2012
Committee on Committees, College of Wooster, 2007-2008
Café Bob History Majors Discussion Series Co-Organizer, College of Wooster, 2005-2008
Search Committee, African-American History Position, College of Wooster 2006.
Curriculum Committee, Cultural Area Studies Program, College of Wooster, 2006-2010
Curriculum Committee, International Relations Program, College of Wooster, 2006-2009; 2011-
Forum Planning Committee, College of Wooster, 2006 & 2009
Honorary Degrees Committee, College of Wooster, 2006
Kendall-Rives Grant Committee, College of Wooster, 2005-
Excellence in Teaching Selection Committee, College of Wooster, 2005-2008
Academic Advisor to Pueblo de Esperanza, College of Wooster, 2006-2011
Women’s History Representative, Princeton Graduate History Association, 2001-2002
Graduate Representative, Princeton Program in Latin American Studies, 2000-2001

Professional Affiliations

American Historical Association
Brazilian Studies Association
Latin American Studies Association
Ohio Academy of History
Social Science History Association