Martha Santos, Ph.D.

Martha Santos, Ph.D.

Title: Associate Professor
Dept/Program: History
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Martha S. Santos is a specialist in Brazilian and Latin American history, and her research interests include gender history, violence, slavery, and the history of popular culture. She is author of Cleansing Honor with Blood: Masculinity, Violence, and Power in the Backlands of Northeast Brazil, 1845-1889  (Stanford University Press, 2012) and is currently working on a book project entitled “Engendering Slavery: Mothering Slaves, Labor, and Reproduction in Nineteenth-Century Brazil, 1813-1884.” She held the Santander Fellowship from the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University (2013-14) and her research has also been funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation. She teaches courses on Latin American history as well as Humanities in the World since 1300 and serves as Director of Graduate Studies in History and of the Certificate Program in Latin American Studies.


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