Roquinaldo Ferreira is Vasco da Gama Associate Professor in the History Department and the Portuguese and Brazilian Studies Department at Brown University. Before coming to Brown in 2013, he taught at the University of Virginia. He has held a visiting appointment at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris, France) and has been a visiting professor at the Institut de Hautes Études Internationales et du Développement (Geneva, Switzerland). He has lectured widely in Africa, the Americas, and Europe.

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Ferreira received his PhD in African History from UCLA in 2003. He specializes in African, Colonial Brazilian, and Atlantic Histories. He is also interested in comparative slavery and forced labor, race relations in colonial societies, production of racial ideologies, and abolitionism. His scholarship has been funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), the Brazilian Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico, and the Portuguese Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. He has held residential fellowships at the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research (Harvard University); the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (Harvard University), and the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition (Yale University). He is the author of Cross-Cultural Exchange in the Atlantic World: Angola and Brazil during the Era of the Slave Trade (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012), 275pps, and Dos Sertões ao Atlântico: Tráfico Ilegal de Escravos e Comércio Lícito em Angola, 1830-1860 (Luanda: Kilombelombe, 2012), 387pps. He is completing a book provisionally entitled Pathways to Colonialism: Abolitionism, Territorial Sovereignty, and the Persistence of Unfree Labor in Angola (ca. 1830s-1880s). In addition, he is at work on two book projects: a comparative socio-cultural history of the eighteenth century Atlantic world (Brazil, the Bight of Benin, the Gold Coast, and Angola); and a Global Microhistory of the Indian textile trade (Carreira da India) from the early seventeenth to the late eighteenth centuries.

Vasco da Gama Associate Professor of history/Portuguese and Brazilian Studies
History/Portuguese & Brazilian Studies
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