Modern Brazil and Latin America
Office: Harris Hall #310
Brodwyn Fischer (Ph.D., Harvard, 1999) studies modern Brazil and Latin America, with an emphasis on histories of law, cities, migration and social inequality. Her book, A Poverty of Rights: Citizenship and Inequality in Twentieth Century Rio de Janeiro (Stanford, 2008), won the Social Science History Association’s President’s Book Award, the Conference on Latin American History’s Warren Dean Prize, the Urban History Association’s Best Book Prize (non-North American), and the Brazilian Studies Association’s Roberto Reis Book Prize. Fischer has published on issues of race, criminal justice, and urban inequality in the Latin American Research Review and in several essay collections in the United States and Brazil, and is co-editor of a forthcoming volume on Latin America’s informal cities. She has received grants from the Fulbright Commission, the Fulbright-Hays Program, the Social Science Research Council, the Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Harvard’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, and the American Council of Learned Societies. In 2012, Fischer was named the Alumnae of Northwestern Teaching Professor at Northwestern. She is currently working on a book about the rise of social and economic inequality as a social and political problem in the century following Brazilian abolition in 1888.