Alida C. Metcalf
MAILING ADDRESS History Department, MS–42, Rice University, P.O. Box 1892, Houston, Texas 77251
EMAIL Alida.C.Metcalf@rice.edu. FAX (713) 348-5207 PHONE (713) 348-4948
CURRENT POSITION Department Chair & Harris Masterson, Jr. Professor of History, Rice University
EDUCATION University of Texas, Ph.D. (History), 1983
University of Texas, M.A. (History), 1978
Smith College, B.A. cum laude (History), 1976
FELLOWSHIPS, GRANTS, AWARDS
Best Article, Brazil Section, Latin American Studies Association, 2015, for “Water and Social Space: Using georeferenced maps and geocoded images to enrich the history of Rio de Janeiro’s fountains,” e-Perimetron, 9:3 (2014): 123-145. Available online at e-perimetron.org/Vol_9_3/Metcalf.pdf
Humanities Research Center Faculty Innovation Fund, Rice University, 2014, for “Rio de Janeiro Iconography.”
Humanities Research Center Teaching-Release Fellowship for “Artists and Cartographers as Go-betweens: Creating the First Images of Brazil.” Rice University. Awarded 2013 for spring semester 2014.
Enriching Rice through Information Technology (ERIT), Rice University, 2013, for “ImagineRio: Mapping Social, Urban, and Topographic Change in 2D and 3D” (with Farès el-Dahdah)
Faculty Initiative Fund, Rice University, 2012, for “Iconic Rio online” (with Farès el-Dahdah)
Helm Fellowship, Lilly Library, Indiana University, July 2008
Luso-American Foundation award for research in Lisbon Portugal, June 2007
Roberto Reis Prize, Brazilian Studies Association, 2006, for Go-betweens and the Colonization of Brazil
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 2001-2002
Nominee, Dr. and Mrs. Z. T. Scott Faculty Fellowship Award for excellence in teaching, 1994
Honorable Mention, Bolton Prize, The Conference on Latin American History, 1994, for Family and Frontier in Colonial Brazil
Harvey Johnson Book Award, Southwest Council on Latin American Studies, 1993, for Family and Frontier in Colonial Brazil
Summer Stipend, National Endowment for the Humanities, 1992
Fulbright Lecturing Award, Universidade Estadual Paulista, São Paulo, Brazil, 1986
Mellon Fellow, Institute of Latin American Studies, University of Texas at Austin and Faculty Research Award, University of Texas at San Antonio, Summer, 1985
Bess Heflin Fellowship, University of Texas, 1981-1982
Social Science Research Council, International Doctoral Research Fellowship, 1979-1981
Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Award, 1979-1980
National Defense Foreign Language Grant, University of Texas, 1978-1980
Dora Bonham Award, University of Texas, 1979
Scott Paper Foundation Scholarship, Smith College, 1974-1976
The Return of Hans Staden: A Go-between in the Atlantic World. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012. Co authored with Eve M. Duffy. Link to The Return of Hans Staden
Go-Betweens and the Colonization of Brazil, 1500-1600. Austin: The University of Texas Press, 2005. Link to Go-betweens and the Colonization of Brazil
Family and Frontier in Colonial Brazil: Santana de Parnaíba, 1580-1822. Second Edition. Austin: The University of Texas Press, 2005. First Edition: Berkeley, Los Angeles, and London: University of California Press, 1992. Link to Family and Frontier
Chapters in Books
"’Harvesting Souls’: The Society of Jesus and the first Aldeias (Mission Villages) of Bahia," in Native Brazil: Beyond the Convert and the Cannibal, 1500-1900, 29-61. Ed. Hal Langfur. Albuquerque: The University of New Mexico Press, 2014.
"Distant Frontier." In The Petropolis of Tomorrow, edited by Neeraj Bhatia and Mary Casper, 20-31. New York: Actar, 2013. With Farès el-Dahdah.
"Domingos Fernandes Nobre, ‘Tomacauna’: a Go-Between in Sixteenth-Century Brazil," in The Human Tradition in Latin America: The Colonial Period, ed. Kenneth J. Andrien. Second Edition. Wilmington, DE.: Scholarly Resources, 2013, 63-75. Revised version of chapter previously published in 2002 edition.
" Escravos milenaristas? A Santidade de Jaguaripe e a resistência escravista nas Américas " in Mocambos de Palmares: Historias e fontes, séculos xvi-xix, ed. Flávio Gomes. Rio de Janeiro: FAPERJ & Editora 7 Letras, 2010, 21-38. Translated and shortened version of "AHR Forum: Millenarian Slaves? The Santidade de Jaguaripe and Slave Resistance in the Americas," American Historical Review, 104(1999): 1531-1559.
“A mulher como intermediária: Estudos de caso de história e de literature,” in Gênero Sociabilidade e Afetividade, ed. Antonio Emilio Morga e Cristiane Manique Barreto, Itajaí: Casa Aberta Editora, 2009, 103-128.
“A busca pelo mediador feminino no século XVI no Brasil,” in Brasil e o império marítimo português, ed. Erik Myrup and Stuart B. Schwartz. São Paulo: EDUSC, 2008.
“Hans Staden: The Consummate Go-between,” in Die Warhaftige Historia von 1557-das erste Brasilienbuch, Wolfhager Kongress zu 450 Jahren Hans-Staden-Rezeption, ed. Franz Obermeier und Wolfgang Schiffner, (Fontes Americanae, 2), Kiel: Westensee-Verlag 2008. As of February 2014, available online as:
"Christianity in Sixteenth-Century Brazil," in The Renaissance World, ed. John Jeffries Martin. New York: Routledge, 2007, 621-636.
"Women as Go-Betweens? Patterns in Sixteenth-Century Brazil," in Gender, Race, and Religion in the Colonization of the Americas, ed. Nora Jaffary. Aldershot, Hampshire, UK: Ashgate, 2007, 15-28.
"Jesuits in Brazil: Defining the Vision," in The Mercurian Project: Forming Jesuit Culture, 1573-1580, ed. Thomas M. McCoog, S.J. Rome: Institutum Historicum Societatis Iesu and St. Louis: Institute of Jesuit Sources, 2004, 787-814.
"Domingos Fernandes Nobre, ‘Tomacauna’: a Go-Between in Sixteenth-Century Brazil," in The Human Tradition in Latin America: The Colonial Period, ed. Kenneth J. Andrien. Wilmington, DE.: Scholarly Resources, 2002, 51-63.
"Álvaro Rodrigues: um intermediário no mundo português," in Sexualidade, família e religião na colonização do Brasil, ed. Maria Beatriz Nizza da Silva. Lisbon: Livros Horizonte, 2001, 37-45.
"O Jesuita como intermediário na Baía nos fins do século XVI," in De Cabral a Pedro I: Aspectos da colonização portuguesa no Brasil, ed. Maria Beatriz Nizza da Silva. Porto: Universidade Portucalense Infante D. Henrique, 2001, 79-88.
"Messiânismo e resistência à escravidão no Brasil seiscentista," in Brasil: Colonização e escravidão, ed. Maria Beatriz Nizza da Silva. Rio de Janeiro: Nova Fronteira, 1999, 311-323.
"Vila Reino e Sertão no São Paulo Colonial," in Raizes da América Latina, ed. Francisca L. Nogueira de Azevedo and John Manuel Monteiro. São Paulo: Editora Espressão e Cultura/EDUSP, 1996, 419-437.
"El matrimonio en Brasil durante la colonia: ¿estaba configurado por la clase o por el color?" trans. Diana Murin. In Familia y vida privada en la historia de Iberoamérica, ed. Pilar Gonzalbo Aizpuru and Cecilia Rabell Romero. Mexico City: UNAM/El Colegio de Mexico/UNAM, 1996, 59-73.
"Os limites da troca cultural: O culto da Santidade no Brasil colonial," trans. Ângela Domingues. In Cultura portuguesa na terra de Santa Cruz, ed. Maria Beatriz Nizza da Silva. Lisbon: Editorial Estampa, 1995, 35-52.
"La familia y la sociedad rural en São Paulo: Santana de Parnaíba, 1750-185," trans. Vania Salles. In La familia en el mundo Iberoamericano, ed. Pilar Gonzalbo Aizpuru and Cecilia Rabell. México: Instituto de Investigaciones Sociales, 1994, 441-466.
"Family, Frontiers, and a Brazilian Community," in Where Cultures Meet: Frontiers in Latin American History, ed. David J. Weber and Jane M. Rausch. Wilmington, Delaware: Scholarly Resources, 1994, 130-139. Reprinted from Family and Frontier in Colonial Brazil.
"Brazil." In Handbook of Latin American Studies, No. 52: Humanities, ed. Dolores Martin. Washington D.C.: The Library of Congress and Austin: The University of Texas Press, 1993, 402-436. Co-authored with Marshall Eakin and Carl Hanson, 402-436.
"Between the Kingdom and the Wilderness: The Mentalité of Settlers in Colonial São Paulo," in The Middle Period in Latin American History: Values and Attitudes in the 18th and 19th Centuries, ed. Mark D. Szuchman. Boulder: Lynne Rienner, 1989, 103-121.
Blind Refereed Articles
“Mapping the Traveled Space: Hans Staden’s Maps in Warhaftige Historia,” e-journal of Portuguese History [A Joint Publication of the University of Porto (Portugal) and Brown University (USA)] 7(2009). Available online at: e-journal of Portuguese History [http://www.brown.edu/Departments/Portuguese_Brazilian_Studies/ejph/]
“Disillusioned Go-betweens: The Politics of Mediation and the Transformation of the Jesuit Missionary Enterprise in Sixteenth-Century Brazil, Archivum Historicum Societatis Iesu 77(2008): 283-319.
"AHR Forum: Millenarian Slaves? The Santidade de Jaguaripe and Slave Resistance in the Americas," American Historical Review, 104(1999): 1531-1559.
"Family Customs in Portugal and Brazil: Transatlantic Parallels." Continuity and Change 8:3(1993): 1-24. Co-authored with Caroline B. Brettell.
"Searching for the Slave Family in Colonial Brazil: A Reconstruction from São Paulo." Journal of Family History, 16 (1991): 283-298.
"Women of Means: Women and Family Property in Colonial Brazil." Journal of Social History, 24(1990): 277-292.
"A família e a sociedade rural paulista: Santana de Parnaíba, 1750-1850." Estudos Econômicos, 20(1990): 283-304.
"A família escrava no Brasil colonial: um estudo de caso em São Paulo," trans. Christopher J. Ballantyne. In Congresso sobre a História da População da América, História e população: Estudos sobre a America Latina. São Paulo: Fundação Sistema Estadual de Análise de Dados, 1990.
"Fathers and Sons: The Politics of Inheritance in a Colonial Brazilian Township." Hispanic American Historical Review 66(1986): 455-484.
"Recursos e estruturas familiares no século XVIII em Ubatuba, Brasil." Estudos Econômicos, 13 Número Especial (1983): 771-785.
Invited Refereed Articles
“Water and Social Space: Using georeferenced maps and geocoded images to enrich the history of Rio de Janeiro’s fountains,” e-Perimetron, 9:3 (2014): 123-145. Available online at http://www.e-perimetron.org/Vol9_3.htm
“Amerigo Vespucci and the Four Finger (Kunstmann II) World Map,” e-Perimetron 7:1 (2012): 36-44. Available online at: http://www.e-perimetron.org/Vol_7_1/Vol7_1.htm
"The Entradas of Bahia in the Sixteenth Century," The Americas 61(2005): 373-400.
"Costumes familiares em Portugal e no Brasil: Paralelos transatlânticos," co-authored with Caroline B. Brettell, Revista População e Familia [São Paulo] 5(2003): 127-152. Translation by Vivian Flanzer of "Family customs in Portugal and Brazil: transatlantic parallels," Continuity and Change 8 (1993): 365-388.
"Intermediários no Mundo Português: Lançados, Pombeiros, e Mamelucos do Século XVI." Annais da Sociedade Brasileira de Pesquisa Histórica 13(1997): 3-13.
"Elementos para a Definição do Padrão Familiar da Elite de São Paulo Colonial" Ler História (Lisbon) 29(1995): 91-103.
"Mulheres de propriedade: filhas, esposas, e viuvas em Santana de Parnaíba no século XVIII," trans. Elizabeth C. Thompson. Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Pesquisas Históricas 5(1989/90): 19-30.
"Vida familiar dos escravos em São Paulo no século dezoito: O caso de Santana de Parnaíba." Estudos Econômicos, 17:2 (1987): 229-243.
"A família na colonização das Américas." Sociedade Brasileira de Pesquisas Historicas, Anais da VI Reunião (1987): 13-17.
“Reflections on Brazil and Life as an Historian: An Interview with Richard Graham, The Americas 68(2011): 97-114. With Hal Langfur.
Imperial Portugal in the Age of Atlantic Revolutions: The Luso-BrazilianWorld, c. 1770–1850. By Gabriel Paquette. Hispanic American Historical Review 94(2014): 697-698.
The Brokered World. By Simon Schaffer, Lissa Roberts, Kapil Raj, and James Delbourgo, eds. Journal of Global History, 7(2012): 150-152.
Hans Staden’s True History: An Account of Cannibal Captivity in Brazil. By Hans Staden. Edited and translated by Neil L. Whitehead and Michael Harbsmeier. Hispanic American Historical Review, 90(2010): 146-148. (Co-authored with Eve Duffy).
The Discovery of Mankind: Atlantic Encounters in the Age of Columbus, by David Abulafia. The Americas 66(2009): 119-121.
Malintzin’s Choices: An Indian Woman in the Conquest of Mexico, by Camilla Townsend. Colonial Latin American Review, 17(2008): 143-153.
As promessas da história: Discursos proféticos e assimilação no Brasil colonial (1500-1700), by César Braga-Pinto.
Luso Brazilian Review 45(2008): 205-207.
From Fanatics to Folk: Brazilian Millenarianism and Popular Culture, by Patricia R. Pessar. Church History 76(2007): 879-881.
Blacks of the Rosary: Memory and History in Minas Gerais, Brazil, by Elizabeth W. Kiddy. The Americas, 63(2007): 499-501.
Children of the Father King: Youth, Authority, and Legal Minority in Colonial Lima, by Bianca Premo. Social History, 32(2007): 96-97.
Dutra's World: Wealth and Family in Nineteenth-Century Rio de Janeiro by Zephyr L. Frank. Journal of Interdisciplinary History, 37(2007): 517-518.
Beyond Bondage: Free Women of Color in the Americas. ed. David Barry Gaspar and Darlene Clark Hine. The American Historical Review, 111(2006): 120-12.
Religião como tradução: Missionários, Tupi e Tapuia no Brasil colonial by Cristina Pompa. Hispanic American Historical Review, 86(2006): 154-156.
Reis Negros no Brasil Escravista: História da festa de coroação de Rei Congo, by Marina de Mello e Souza. The American Historical Review, 109(2004): 232.
The Making of an Enterprise: The Society of Jesus in Portugal, Its Empire, and Beyond, 1540-1750, by Dauril Alden. Archivum Historicum Societatis Iesu, 73(2004): 229-231.
Charles R. Boxer. An Uncommon Life, by Dauril Alden. Hispanic American Historical Review 83(2003): 743-745.
Les Ouvriers d'une Vigne Stérile: Les jésuites et la conversion des indiens au Brésil, 1580-1620, by Charlotte de Castelnau-L'Estoile. Archivum Historicum Societatis Iesu, 71(2002): 195-198.
The Virgin, the King, and the Royal Slaves of El Cobre: Negotiating Freedom in Colonial Cuba, 1670-1780, by María Elena Diaz, Journal of Social History, 27(2002): 109-111.
O Mar e o mato: Histórias da escravidão (Congo-Angola, Brasil, Caribe), by Martin Lienhard, and Fruitless Trees: Portuguese Conservation and Brazil's Colonial Timber, by Shawn William Miller. Colonial Latin American Review, 10(2001): 303-305.
A Fire of Tongues: Antonio Vieira and the Missionary Church in Brazil and Portugal, by Thomas M.
Cohen. Colonial Latin American Review, 9(2000): 125-126.
A Bahian Counterpoint: Sugar, Tobacco, Cassava, and Slavery in the Recôncavo, 1780-1860,
by B. J. Barickman. The American Historical Review 104 (1999): 963-964.
Brazil: The Once and Future Country, by Marshall Eakin. The Americas 55(1999): 499-500.
Liberdade por um fio: História dos quilombos no Brasil, ed. João José Reis and Flávio dos Santos Gomes. Journal of Latin American Studies 30(1998): 415-416.
A Heresia dos Índios: Catolicismo e rebeldia no Brasil colonial, by Ronaldo Vainfas. The Americas 53(1996): 314-316.
Paying the Price of Freedom: Family and Labor among Lima's Slaves, 1800-1854 by Christine Hünefeldt. International Labor and Working Class History 50(1996): 183-185.
Crowns of Glory, Tears of Blood: The Demerara Rebellion of 1823 by Emilia Viotti da Costa. Ethnohistory 43(1996): 369-371.
Negros da Terra, by John Manuel Monteiro. The Americas 52(1995): 247-248.
The Family in Bahia, Brazil, 1879-1945, by Dain Borges. The American Historical Review, 98:5 (1993): 1714-1715.
Disappearance of the Dowry: Women, Families, and Social Change in São Paulo, Brazil, 1600-1900 by Muriel Nazzari. Journal of Social History, 26:3 (1993): 648-650.
Emancipating the Female Sex, by June Hahner. Locus 4(1992): 230-231.
Sexuality and Marriage in Colonial Latin America, ed. Asunción Lavrin. Hispanic American Historical Review 71(1991: 167-168.
Cartas de Mujeres en Chile, ed. Sergio Vergara Quiroz. Hispanic American Historical Review 69(1989): 578.
"The Coffee Workers of Brazil: A Review Essay." Peasant Studies 16:3(1989): 119-224.
Household Economy and Urban Development: São Paulo, 1765-1836, by Elizabeth Anne Kuznesof. Hispanic American Historical Review 67(1987): 340-341.
New Towns for Colonial Brazil, by Roberta M. Delson. Hispanic American Historical Review, 61(1982): 524-525.
CONFERENCE PAPERS & LECTURES
“Territórios, fronteiras e periferias nos mapas quinhentistas.” Paper presented at the II Seminário Rice-UNICAMP, Campinas, June 4-5, 2014.
“Understanding the Early Jesuit Missions in Brazil.” Paper presented at the conference Catholicism in the Americas: Historical Trajectories and Contemporary Challenges. Georgetown University, March 21, 2014.
“Ephemera or Ephemeral? Reconstructing Missing Maps.” Paper Presented at the Conference “Ephemera: Current and Future.” Chao Center for Asian Studies at Rice University. Houston, December 2013.
“Water for a City: Using Geo-referenced Maps and Geo-located Images to Enrich the History of Rio de Janeiro’s Fountains.” Paper Presented at the 8th International Workshop “Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage.” Rome, September 2013.
“ImagineRio.” Novas Cartografias Symposium, Rio de Janeiro, June 2013. With Farès el-Dahdah and Verena Andreatta.
“Free and Unfree Labor at Fountains: Artists and their Depictions of Fountains in Europe and Brazil.” Paper presented at the First Rice-UNICAMP Seminar, Rice University, April 2013.
“Public Spaces and their Fountains in Nineteenth-century Rio de Janeiro: The Views of Visiting Artists.” Paper presented at the Rocky Mountain Conference on Latin American Studies,” Santa Fe, NM, April 2013.
“Visions and Metaphors: Constructing a Tale of Sixteenth-Century Travel with Hans Staden's True History.” Paper presented at the American Historical Association, New Orleans, January 2012. Co-authored with Eve M. Duffy.
"Mapping the Ephemeral City." paper presented at the Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Campinas Brazil, April 26, 2012.
“Maps as Ephemera.” Paper presented at the Ephemera and Archive Workshop, Chao Center for Asian Studies, Rice University, December 4, 2011.
“The Emergence of the Cannibal Sign,” Lecture presented at the Department of History, University of Houston, November 10, 2011.
“The First Representations of Brazil on World Maps,” Lecture presented at the Center for Latin American Studies, The Ohio State University, October 7, 2011.
"Amerigo Vespucci and the Four Finger (Kunstmann II) World Map." Paper presented at the Sixth International Workshop of Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage, The Hague, Netherlands, April 2011.
"Conquests as Recorded on Maps." Paper presented at the American Historical Association, Boston, January 2011.
“Revisiting Hans Staden: The Visual Imagery of Warhaftige Historia.” Paper presented at the Conference in Honor of Boris Fausto, Bolivar House, Stanford University, May 2010.
"Early Images of Brazil on Maps." Invited Lecture, Department of Aerospace Engineering, Texas A&M University. January 28, 2010.
“Oceans on Maps: Cartographers, Artists, and the Depiction of Oceans in the Sixteenth Century.” Paper presented at the American Historical Association, San Diego, January 2010.
“Women and Literacy in Brazil and Beyond.” Paper presented at the Symposium on Women and Education, in honor of Susan C. Bourque, Smith College, April 2009
“A mulher como intermediária: Estudos de caso de história e de literatura.” Paper presented at the international seminar “Gênero, Afetividade e Sociabilidade,” Universidade Federal do Amazonas, Manaus, Brazil, October 22-24, 2008.
“Mapping the Traveled Space: Hans Staden’s Maps in Warhaftige Historia.” Paper presented at the international congress “Do Brasil a Macau: Narrativas de Viagens e Espaços de Díaspora.” Lisbon, Portugal, September 10-14, 2008.
“Mapping the South Atlantic World: Depictions of Africa and Brazil in Early Sixteenth-Century Maps." Revised and expanded version, Paper Presented at the Conference of Latin American History, Atlanta, GA, January 2007.
“Hans Staden: The Consummate Go-between.” Paper presented at the conference "Hans Stadens Wahrhaftige Historia von 1557 – Dekonstruktion und Rekonstruktion des ersten Brasilienbuches," Regionalmuseum, Wolfhager Land, Germany, March 9-11, 2007.
“Disillusioned Mediators: Jesuits and the Politics of Mediation in Sixteenth-Century Brazil.” Paper Presented at the Brazilian Studies Association (BRASA) VIII Annual Meeting, Vanderbilt University, October 2006.
“Mapping the South Atlantic World: Depictions of Africa and Brazil in Early Sixteenth-Century Maps." Paper Presented at the Centre for Portuguese Nautical Studies [CPNS] Maritime Archaeology & History Conference Mossel Bay, South Africa, August 2006.
"Women and Children as Agents of a Religious Revolution: The Interpreters of the Society of Jesus in Sixteenth-Century Brazil." Paper presented at the American Society for Ethnohistory, annual meeting, Santa Fe, New Mexico, November 2005.
"Fifteenth-century Africa and Sixteenth-century Brazil: How the Portuguese Experience in Africa Served as a template for the Colonization of Brazil." Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora, third biennial conference: Diasporic Encounters and Collaborations, Rio de Janeiro, October, 2005
"Searching for the Female Go-Betweens of Sixteenth-Century Brazil." Paper presented at the Thirteenth Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Scripps College, Claremont, CA, June 2005.
"Men, Women, and Children in Between: Indian and Mixed-Race Intermediaries and the Early Jesuit Mission in Sixteenth-Century Brazil," paper presented at a joint session of the American Historical Association and the Conference of Latin Ameican History annual meetings, Seattle, January 2005.
"The 'Bandeiras' of Bahia of the Sixteenth Century," presented at a joint session of the American Historical Association and the Conference of Latin American History annual meetings, Washington, D.C., January 2004.
"Can Indians be Go-Betweens?" presented at the XXIV International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association, Dallas, Texas, March 27-29, 2003.
"Women as Go-Betweens in Sixteenth-Century Brazil," presented at the conference "Imperial (Re) Visions: Brazil and the Portuguese Seaborne Empire" [International invited conference] Yale University, November 1-3, 2002.
"Indians, Go-betweens, Europeans: The Formation of Interethnic Relations in Sixteenth-Century Brazil," presented at the Sixteenth-Century Studies Annual Conference, San Antonio, Texas, October 24-27, 2002.
"Intermediários e relações interétnicas no século XVI," prepared for the Simpósio International: Populações: (Con)vivência e (Intolerância), CEDHAL, Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras, e Ciências Humanas, Universidade de São Paulo, September 2001. Because of events on September 11, I did not travel to Brazil. However, in the interim, I was invited to speak as the "Distinguished Speakers Series," organized by graduate students in Latin American history at the University of Texas at Austin, where I presented this paper, translated as "Indians, Go-betweens, Europeans: The Formation of Interethnic Relations in Sixteenth-Century Brazil," October 19, 2001.
"Jesuits as Go-Betweens in the Conquest of Brazil," paper presented to the Rocky Mountain Conference of Latin American Studies, Tucson, Arizona, March 2001.
"Jesuit and Mameluco Go-betweens in Sixteenth-Century Bahia, Brazil," paper presented to the Latin American Studies Association, Annual Meeting, Miami, Florida, 2000.
"O Jesuita como intermediário na Bahia nos fins do século XVI," paper presented to the international colloquium "De Cabral a Pedro I,: Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, March, 2000.
"Álvaro Rodrigues: Um intermediário no mundo Português," paper presented to the international colloquium "Sexualidade, Família e Religião na Colonização do Brasil, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, November 1998.
"Lançados, Pombeiros, e Mamelucos do Século XVI," paper presented to the Sociedade Brasileira de Pesquisa Histórica, Annual Meeting, São Paulo, Brazil, 1997.
"Escravos Milenários? Messiânismo e Resistência à Escravidão no Brasil Seiscentista," paper presented at the international colloquium "Brasil: Colonização e Escravidão," Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, November 1996.
"Millenarians in late sixteenth-century Brazil: Religion in a Frontier Society," paper presented at the Comparative Frontiers Symposium, Trinity University, November 3-5, 1995.
"As limites do intercambio cultural: O movimento da Santidade no Brazil colonial," paper presented to the international colloquium "Cultura Portuguesa na Terra de Santa Cruz: confrontos, mutações, sobrevivênica," Lisbon, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, November 1994.
"Reproductive Strategies, Parental Investment, and the Brazilian Frontier," paper presented at the Southwestern Social Science Association Annual Meeting, San Antonio, March 1994, co-authored with Paul T. Ingmundson.
"Men, Migration, and Marriage: Family Strategies and the Brazilian Frontier," paper presented at the Social Science History Association, Baltimore, November 1993.
"Las familias del Brasil colonial: padrones de classes o de razas?" paper presented at the conference "Familia e Vida Privada en América," Mexico City, May, 1993
"The Limits of Tolerance: The Santidade Cult of Colonial Brazil," paper presented at the Society for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies Annual conference, San Antonio, March, 1993.
"Family Customs in Portugal and Brazil: Transatlantic Parallels," paper presented to the Social Science History Association, Chicago, November, 1992, co-authored with Caroline B. Brettell.
"Vila Reino e Sertão no São Paulo Colonial," paper presented to the Congresso International América 92: Raízes e Trajectórias, São Paulo, August, 1992.
"Spanish and Mexican Texas, 1492-1836," paper prepared for Teach the Teachers, Institute of Texan Cultures, San Antonio, Texas, June 1991 & 1992.
"The Slave Family in Colonial Brazil: A Case Study from São Paulo," paper presented at the Conference on the Population History of Latin America, Ouro Preto, Brazil, July 1989.
"Vila, Reino, and Sertão: Mentalité in the Brazilian Wilderness," paper presented to the conference on "Mentalities and Attitudes in Latin American History: The Hidden Engines of Change, 1700-1880," Florida International University, March 1987.
"As famílias da elite de Santana de Parnaíba e a estrutura social do século XVIII," paper presented to the Seminário Permanente de Estudo da Família e da População no Passado Brasileiro, the University of São Paulo, April 1986.
"Daughters, Wives, and Widows: Women's Property Rights in Colonial Brazil," paper presented to the Social Science History Association, Chicago, November 1985.
"The Peasantry in a Changing Society: Strategies for Survival in Eighteenth Century Brazil," paper presented to the Latin American Studies Association, Albuquerque, April 1985.
"The Family Strategies of a Brazilian Elite: The Case of Santana de Parnaíba," paper presented to the Society for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies, Bloomington Indiana, April 1984.
"Inheritance, Marriage, and Family Structure in Eighteenth-Century Brazil: Strategies for Survival in a Changing Society," paper presented to the American Historical Association, Washington, D.C., December 1982.
"Family Structures and Class Formation in Eighteenth-Century São Paulo, Brazil," paper presented to the Social Science Research Council, New York, April 1980.
CONFERENCE SESSIONS Organized, Chaired, or Comment Delivered
Organizer, The Third Rice-UNICAMP Seminar “Crossing Places / Crossing Cultures; Cruzando Lugares / Cruzando Culturas,” Rice University, March 2015.
Organizer, The First Rice-UNICAMP Seminar “Free and Unfree Labor in Comparative Perspective,” Rice University, April 2013.
Chair, Teaching with the Voyages Slave Trade Database, Southwestern Social Science Meeting, Houston, April 2010.
Chair, Brazil in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, Southwestern Historical Association, San Antonio, April 2006.
Co-organizer (with Susan Fitzpatrick Behrens), “To be In-Between: Cultural Brokers and Power in Latin American Society,” Joint session, American Historical Association and Conference of Latin American History, Seattle, January 2005.
Comment, Southwestern Historical Association, San Antonio, April 2003.
Comment, "Flexible Frontiers from Indigenous Perspectives: The Frontier as Strategic Resource in Late Colonial and Postindependence Brazil, 1750-1850," American Historical Association, San Francisco, January 2002.
Co-chair and co-organizer (with Laura Graham) "Mediating Cultures: Indians and Go-betweens in Colonial, National, and International Public Spheres," Latin American Studies Association, Miami, March 2000.
Comment, "Gender, Ethnicities, and Identities in Brazilian Slavery," American Historical Association, Washington, D.C, January 1999.
Organizer, chair, and comment, "Women in Family, Community, and Religious Life," Latin American Studies Association, Chicago, September, 1998.
Chair and comment, "Religião e Sociedade no Brasil Colonial," Brazilian Studies Association, Washington, D.C., November 1997.
Comment, "Poor Whites in the Atlantic Plantation Complex: On the Frontiers of Slave Society," Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, San Francisco, April 1997.
Comment, "Border Cuates (Border Twins)," oral review of Border Cuates: A History of the U.S.-Mexican Twin Cities by Milo Kearney and Anthony Knopp, Southwestern Council of Latin American Studies, Austin, February, 1997.
Co-organizer (with Colin Wells), Comparative Frontiers Symposium: Religion in Frontier Societies, Trinity University, November 1995.
Chair and Organizer, "Biological and Demographic Approaches to Latin American History," Southwestern Social Science Association Annual Meeting, San Antonio, March 1994.
Chair, "In the View of Others: Gendered Encounters across the Race/Class Divide," Social Science History Association Annual Meeting, Baltimore, November 1993.
Moderator/commentator, "Perspectives Panel" for IV Encounter of Two Worlds: Reflections and Perspectives, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, San Antonio, October, 1992.
Chair and Organizer, "Women and Work in Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century Brazil," Latin American Studies Association, Washington D.C., April 1991.
Comment, "Stages in the Life Cycle: Nineteenth-Century America," Southwestern Social Science Association, Houston, March 1988.
Chair and organizer, "The Missions of San Antonio," Southwestern Conference on Latin American Studies, San Antonio, April 1988.
Chair and organizer, "Slavery on the Colonial Brazilian Frontier," American Historical Association, Washington, D.C., December 1987.
Comment, "Feminism in Cross-Cultural Perspective: Brazil and the United States," Social Science History Association, New Orleans, October 1987.
Chair, "Church and State in Brazil," Southwestern Conference on Latin American Studies, Waco Texas, March 1985.
Comment, "The Family in North and South America," Social Science History Association, Toronto, October 1984.
Professor, Trinity University, 1996-2009
Associate Professor, Trinity University, 1990-1996
Assistant Professor, Trinity University, 1986-1990
Assistant Professor, Univ. of Texas at San Antonio, 1984-86
Visiting Assistant Professor, Indiana University, 1983-84
ADMINISTRATIVE DUTIES & SERVICE at Rice University
Chair, Department of History, 2014-
Director, Rice-UNICAMP Dual Degree Program, 2012-
Director of Graduate Studies, Department of History, 2012-2013
Faculty Advisory Panel, Humanities Research Center, 2010-2012
Graduate Studies Committee, History Department, 2009-
Dean of Humanities Search Committee, 2009-2010
Presidential Visit to Brazil, Spring 2010
NATIONAL ACADEMIC COMMITTEES AND SERVICE
National Screening Committee, Fulbright-Hays Program for graduate scholarships to Brazil, 2012; 2013
Nominating Committee, American Historical Association, 2012-2013
Editorial Board, The Americas, 2009-
Editorial Board, Hispanic American Historical Review 2005-2009
Ligia Parra Jahn Award, Committee Chair, Rocky Mountain Conference on Latin American Studies, 2009
Roberto Reis Prize Committee, Chair, Brazilian Studies Association, 2007
Lydia Cabrera Prize Committee, Conference on Latin American History, 2001
Scobie Prize Committee, Conference on Latin American History, 1999
Program Committee, Latin American Studies Association, 1997-1998
James Robertson Memorial Prize Committee, Conference on Latin American History, 1998
General Committee, Conference on Latin American History, 1994-1996
Teaching and Teaching Materials Committee, Conference on Latin American History, 1988-
Prize Committee, Southwestern Conference of Latin American Studies (SCOLAS), 1991-1992
MANUSCRIPT REVIEW Outside reviewer for The University of New Mexico Press, Holt Rinehart and Winston, University of North Carolina Press, Duke University Press, University of Pittsburgh Press, Cambridge University Press, Yale University Press, The University of Texas Press, Oxford University Press, Estudos Econômicos, Hispanic American Historical Review, Luso-Brazilian Review, Journal of Historical Sociology, The Americas, Ethnohistory
PROMOTION, TENURE, and PRE-TENURE REVIEWS: The University of Texas at Austin; Stonehill College; Gettysburg College; University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
Freshman Seminars: “Vespucci’s Map?,” "The Go-Between," "The Millennium," "Progress," "Freedom and Responsibility"
Latin American Cultural Traditions
Brazil: Continuities and Changes
História da América (in Portuguese)
Latin American Perspectives
Modern Central America
The Mexican and Cuban Revolutions
Pre-Hispanic and Colonial Latin America
Rio de Janeiro: A Social and Architectural History, with Fàres el-Dahdah
Senior Captstone Seminars in Latin American History: “The Art of Research,” "San Miguel de Allende," "Latin American Perspectives," "Women in Latin America."
Introduction to Doctoral Studies
Colonial and Imperial Brazil
The Luso-Atlantic World
Colonial Latin America
Colonial Mexico and Guatemala
Member: Hal Langfur, The University of Texas at Austin; John Marks, Rice University
Director: Amanda Moehnke, Rice University
Co-Director: Ludmila de Souza Maia (with Sidney Chalhoub)
Seminars for Teachers
"Latin America in a Day" Teachers as Scholars Program, February 2004
"Mexico in a Day" Teachers as Scholars Program, March 2005
Portuguese, Spanish, French