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Mary Karasch

Professor Emerita

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin (Madison)

Major Field:
Latin American history


Before Brasilia: Frontier Life in Central Brazil (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2016).

A vida dos escravos no Rio de Janeiro, 1808-1850, trans. Pedro Maia Soares (Sao Paolo: Companhia das Letras, 2000). Translation of  Slave Life in Rio de Janeiro with new preface.

The Encyclopedia of Latin American History, 5 vols., co-edited with Barbara A. Tenenbaum (editor in chief), Georgette Magassy Dorn, John Jay TePaske, and Ralph Lee Woodward Jr. (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1996).

Slave Life in Rio de Janeiro (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1987). Winner of the Albert J. Beveridge Award from the American Historical Association, given annually for the best book in English on the history of the United States, Latin America or Canada from 1492 to the present.

Teaching Latin American History, co-edited with E. Bradford Burns and Eduardo Hemandez (Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1977).

Recent Articles, Entries and Book Chapters

"Quality, Nation, and Color: Constructing Identities in Central Brazil, 1775-1835," Estudios Interdisciplinarios de América Latina y el Caribe 19 (2008): 103-27.

"Rethinking the Conquest of Goiás, 1775-1819,"  The Americas 61 (2005): 463-92.

"Free Women of Color in Central Brazil, 1779-1832" in David Barry Gaspar and Darlene Clark Hine, eds.,  Beyond Bondage: Free Women of Color in the Americas (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2004).

"The Periphery of the Periphery? Vila Boa de Goias , 1780-1835" in  Negotiated Empires: Centers and Peripheries in the Americas, 1500-1820, ed. Christine Daniels and Michael V. Kennedy (New York and London: Routledge Press, 2002), 143-169.

"Zumbi of Palmares: Challenging the Portuguese Colonial Order in  The Human Tradition in Colonial Latin America, ed. Kenneth J. Andrien (Wilmington, DE: Scholarly Resources, 2002), 104-120.

"Central Africans in Central Brazil" in  Central Africans and Cultural Transformations in the American Diaspora, ed. Linda M. Heywood (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002), 117-151.

"Concubinato e casamento na Capitania de Goias," trans. by Angela Domingues, in  Sexualidade, Familia e Religiao na Colonizacao do Brasil, ed. Maria Beatriz Nizza da Silva (Lisboa: Livros Horizonte, 2001), 91-102.

"Bartering Books: Doing Research in Central Brazil,"  Oakland Journal 2 (Fall 2000): 39-49.

"Indios Ladinos, Interpretes e Intermediarios na Capitania de Goias, 1775-1835,"  Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Pesquisa Historica, Curitiba, Parana, no. 19 (2000): 61-69.

"Minha Nacao: Identidades Escravas no Fim do Brasil Colonial," trans. by Angela Domingues, in  Brasil: Colonizacao e Escravidao, ed. Maria Beatriz Nizza da Silva (Rio de Janeiro: Nova Fronteira, 1999), 127-141.

"Historia das Doencas e dos Cuidados Medicos na Capitania de Goias [1735-1825]" in  Saude e Doencas em Goias, ed. Lena Castello and Branco F. Freitas (Goiania: UFG, 1999), 19–62.

"As Mulheres Livres de Corno Brasil Central, 1779-1832,"  Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Pesquisa Historica, Curitiba, Parana, no. 15 (1998), 3–20.

"Brazil: Overview [of Brazilian slavery]" in  Encyclopedia of World Slavery, ed. Joseph Miller (New York: Macmillan Reference, 1998), 115–134.

"Inter-ethnic Conflict and Survival Strategies on the Tocantins-Araguaia Frontier, 1750-1890" in  Contested Ground, ed. Donna J. Guy and Thomas E. Sheridan (Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1998), 115-134.

"Conflitos e resistencia inter-etnicos na fronteira brasileira de Goias, nos anos 1750 a 1890,"  Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Pesquisa Historica, Curitiba, no. 12 (1997), 31-49.

"Amaranth; Angola; Guine, Guinea; Manioc; Mina; Slavery: Brazil" in  Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture, editor in chief Barbara Tenenbaum (New York: Charles Scribner's, 1996).

"Os quilombos do ouro na capitania de Goias" in  Liberdade por um fio: Historia dos Quilombos no Brasil, ed. Joao Jose Reis and Flavio dos Santos Gomes (Sao Paulo: Companhia das Letras, 1996), 240-262.

"Slave Women on the Brazilian Frontier in the Nineteenth Century" in  More than Chattel: Black Women and Slavery in the Americas, ed. David Gaspar and Darlene Clark Hine (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1996), 79-96.

Department of History

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