Sidney Chalhoub

Sidney Chalhoub

David and Peggy Rockefeller Professor of History and of African and African American Studies
Faculty Affiliate, Department of Romance Languages and L
Sidney Chalhoub

On leave 2021-2022

Sidney Chalhoub taught history at the University of Campinas, Brazil, for thirty years. He moved to Harvard in July 2015. He has published three books on the social history of Rio de Janeiro: Trabalho, lar e botequim (1986), on working-class culture in the early twentieth century; Visões da liberdade (1990), on the last decades of slavery in the city; and Cidade febril (1996), on tenements and epidemics in the second half of the nineteenth century. He also published Machado de Assis, historiador (2003), about the literature and political ideas of the most important nineteenth-century Brazilian novelist, and co-edited five other books on the social history of Brazil. His most recent monograph is A força da escravidão: ilegalidade e costume no Brasil oitocentista (2012), on illegal enslavement and the precariousness of freedom in nineteenth-century Brazil. Chalhoub has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan (1995, 1999, 2004), a Tinker Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago (2007), and a research fellow at Stanford University (2010-11) and in the International Research Center “Work and Human Lifecycle in Global History” (Re:work) at Humbold Universität, Berlin (2013). He was a founder of and remains associated with the Centro de Pesquisa em História Social da Cultura (CECULT), University of Campinas.


Selected publications:

“The Politics of Ambiguity:  Conditional Manumission, Labor Contracts and Slave Emancipation in Brazil (1850s to 1888)”, International Review of Social History, vol. 60 (2), August 2015, pp. 161-191.

“The Precariousness of Freedom in a Slave Society (Brazil in the Nineteenth Century)”, International Review of Social History, vol. 56 (3), December 2011, pp. 405-39.

“The Politics of Silence: Race and Citizenship in Nineteenth-century Brazil”, Slavery and Abolition, vol. 27 (1), 2006, pp. 71-85.

“Interpreting Machado de Assis: Paternalism, Slavery and the Free Womb Law”, in Sueann Caulfield et al., eds., Honor, Status and Law in Modern Latin America, Duke University Press, 2005, pp. 87-108.

“What Are Noses for? Paternalism, Social Darwinism and Race Science in Machado de Assis”, Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies, vol. 10 (2), 2001, pp. 171-191.

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