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Zachary Morgan

assistant professor

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Telephone: 617-552-6948

Office Location: Stokes Hall, Room S349



Ph.D., Brown University, 2001

Fields of Interest

Brazilian history; modern Latin America; African diaspora/Atlantic world

Academic Profile

Broadly trained as a modern Latin-American historian, Professor Morgan uses the field of politcal, social, and intellectual history to focus on the African diaspora throughout the Americas, with a specific interest in Brazil. He teaches a broad range of courses in Latin America and Diasporic history, with a focus on race, revolution, and military dictatorships in modern Latin America. His current research focuses on race, state violence, and ideas of modernity in Brazil and in the broader Atlantic world.

Professor Morgan was the recipient of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation's Career Enhancement Fellowship at Princeton University (2003) and is currently working on a manuscript tentatively titled Forced Labor in Brazil's Age of Abolition: State Control of Free Afro-Brazilians during the Empire and Early Republic.

Representative Publications

  • Legacy of the Lash: Race & Corporal Punishment in the Brazilian Navy and the Black Atlantic, 1860-1910 (Forthcoming, Indiana University Press, “Blacks in the Diaspora” series, 2014)
  • “The Military in Modern Latin America” In Oxford Bibliographies Online: Latin American Studies, Ed. Ben Vinson III, New York: Oxford University Press, 10-28-2011,
  • co-authored with Jerry Davila “Since Black into White: Thomas Skidmore on Brazilian Race Relations” The Americas: A Quarterly Review of Inter-American Cultural History, (V. 64, N. 3,  Jan. 2008)
  • "Legislating the Lash: Race and the Conflicting Modernities of Enlistment and Corporal Punishment in the Brazilian Military during the Empire," Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History V.5, N.2, Fall 2004
  • "Brazil: The Revolt of the Lash, 1910" in Twentieth Century Naval Mutinies, (Frank Cass Publisher, 2003) eds. Bruce Elleman and Christopher Bell