Marc Adam Hertzman

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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 MagazineRebootIllinoisNotches, and others, and 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 fugitive 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 due out in February.  I also 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 on leave.


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

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)
Fulbright-Hays (2004)

Office Address

446E Gregory Hall
810 S. Wright Street
Urbana, IL 61801

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Research Output 2003 2019

Brincando de índio... e muito mais: atravessando espaço (e tempo) com os Oito Batutas, dentro e fora da cidade

Translated title of the contribution: Playing Indian... and then Some: Crossing Space (and Time) with the Oito Batutas, inside and beyond the CityHertzman, M. A., 2019, Negros nas cidades brasileiros (1890-1950). Barone, A. & Rios, F. (eds.). São Paulo: Intermeios, p. 333-357

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Diferenças fatais: suicídio, raça e trabalho forçado nas Américas

Hertzman, M. A., Nov 2019, In : Mundos do Trabalho. 11, p. 1-38

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Fake News, Fake History? A Racist Judge Takes on Zumbi

Hertzman, M. A., 2019, In : Z Cultural. Z, p. 1-7

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Prefácio: Nos labirintos da música: estudos interdisciplinares, história, nação, tradição

Translated title of the contribution: Preface: In Music's Labyrinths: Interdisciplinary Studies, History, Nation, TraditionHertzman, M. A., 2018, Sentinelas da Tradição: A Constituição da Autenticidade no Samba e no Choro. de Fernandes, D. C. (ed.). Edusp, p. 11-18

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Entrepreneurship and competition in Brazil's music markets: A taxonomy of two eras

Hertzman, M. A. & Lemos, R., Aug 8 2017, Brazil’s Economy: An Institutional and Sectoral Approach. Baer, W., Dávila, J., de Melo Modenesi, A., da Graça Derengowski Fonseca, M. & Kerstenetzky, J. (eds.). New York: Routledge Taylor & Francis, p. 136-156 (Routledge Studies in the Modern World Economy).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter



If the Rio Olympics had a soundtrack? Samba!

Marc Adam Hertzman


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