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Amy Caldwell de Farias

Academic Biography:
I have always loved to read about different cultures and learn languages, so history was a natural fit for me. I changed my major from computer science to history when I was a sophomore in college, and I have never looked back! I am a historian of Latin American History, with a specialty in Brazilian and Black Atlantic History. I have lived in Brazil for 10+ years and, as a Fulbright Scholar, in Mozambique for one year.

I have been at MC since 2005. I enjoy teaching at MC because the small class sizes and emphasis on quality teaching allow me to focus more on my students.

Research Interests:
19th century Brazilian and Mozambican History

The Black Atlantic

Food, race, and nationalism

Selected Research and/or Creative Work:

•Mergulho no Letes: Uma Re-Interpretação Político-Histórica da Confederação do Equador. Porto Alegre: Editora da Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil (PUCRS), 2006

Chapters and Articles:

• “Activist in Exile: José da Natividade Saldanha, Free Man of Color in the Tropical Atlantic.” In: Anywhere But Here: Black Intellectuals—The Atlantic World and Beyond. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi. Forthcoming, January 2015.

•“José da Natividade Saldanha.” in Literatura e Afrodescendência no Brasil. Vol. I. Org. Eduardo de Assis Duarte. Minas Gerais: Editora UFMG, 2011. 61-75.

Courses Taught:
HIST 220 World History of Food
HIST 240 The Black Atlantic
HIST 240 A Cultural History of Rio de Janeiro
INTG 203 Global Perspectives - Food

Ph.D Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Brasil (Catholic University 2002
Masters Indiana University 1992

Contact Info:
Office: Rm 105 Mellinger Learning Ctr