Amy De Farias

Professor and Chair, History

Mellinger Learning Center, 105 309-457-2243


Amy de Farias completed her doctorate in Latin American and Iberian History at the Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Her research specialty is modern Brazil, with an emphasis on political revolts and the Black Atlantic.

She is currently working on a project that analyzes the polemical figure of Patrícia Galvão, the first female political prisoner in Brazil, and her novel Industrial Park.

Selected 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.

“José da Natividade Saldanha.” In Literatura e Afrodescendência no Brasil. Vol. I. organized by Eduardo de Assis Duarte, Vol I, 61-75. Minas Gerais: Editora UFMG, 2011. (2nd edition coming out in 2021)

“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, edited by Kendahl Radcliffe, 47-64. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi. 2014.

“Wisdom can be found in learning about how people in the past confronted their challenges.”

Lynn Hunt, History: Why it Matters, 113.