Professor of History; Silver Professor
Yale University, PhD 1980
King Juan Carlos Center, Room 503
Field of Study:
Latin America and the Carribbean
Areas of Research/Interest:
Modern Latin America, Brazil, labor history, slavery and emancipation, race and gender, regionalism and nationalism.
Barbara Weinstein's research has focused on postcolonial Latin America, particularly Brazil. Her courses and publications explore questions of labor, gender, race, and political economy in regions as diverse as the Amazon, with the world's largest rainforest, and the state of São Paulo, Latin America’s leading industrial center. Weinstein’s book in progress--Race, Region, Nation: São Paulo and the Formation of Brazilian National Identities (forthcoming, Duke University Press)--considers a period in Brazilian history when the state of São Paulo emerged as the nation’s dominant economic center and political force. Tracing elite and scholarly discourses in this period, she explores the way in which paulistas (natives of São Paulo), deploying highly racialized discourses, constructed a notion of São Paulo exceptionalism that produced a hierarchical, almost imperial view of the region’s position within the Brazilian nation. A principal objective of this research is to illuminate the processes by which modernity in Brazil became “racialized” and identified with “whiteness” even as elites proclaimed their nation to be a racial democracy. Weinstein earned her undergraduate degree at Princeton University and her PhD at Yale University. Before moving to NYU, she was on the faculty at Stony Brook University and the University of Maryland, and she has also taught as a Fulbright lecturer at the Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Brazil) and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In 2010-11 she was a resident fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Other fellowships include awards from the Fulbright-Hays Program, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 2007, she served as president of the American Historical Association.
(co-editor), The Making of the Middle Class: Toward a Transnational History (Durham: Duke Univ. Press, 2012).
For Social Peace in Brazil: Industrialists and the Remaking of the Working Class in São Paulo, 1920-1964 (Chapel Hill: The Univ. of North Carolina Press) 1996, xvii + 435 pp.
The Amazon Rubber Boom, 1850-1920 (Stanford: Stanford Univ. Press) 1983, x + 356 pp.
“Postcolonial Brazil,” in José C. Moya, ed., The Oxford Handbook of Latin American History (New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 2010), pp. 212-256.
“Developing Inequality,” American Historical Review v. 113, no. 1 (Feb. 2008), pp. 1-18.
“Inventing the Mulher Paulista: Politics, Rebellion, and the Gendering of Brazilian Regional Identities,” Journal of Women’s History 18, no. 1 (Winter 2006), pp. 22-49.
“History without a Cause? Grand Narratives, World History, and the Postcolonial Dilemma,” International Review of Social History 50 (2005), pp. 71-93.
“Racializing Regional Difference: São Paulo vs. Brazil, 1932,” in N. Appelbaum, A. Macpherson and K. Rosemblatt, eds., Race and Nation in Modern Latin America (Chapel Hill: Univ. of North Carolina Press, 2003), pp. 237-262.
“Buddy, Can You Spare a Paradigm?: Reflections on Generational Shifts and Latin American History,” The Americas 57:4 (April 2001), pp. 453-466.
"Unskilled Worker, Skilled Housewife: Constructing the Working-Class Woman in São Paulo, Brazil," in John D. French and Daniel James, eds., The Gendered Worlds of Latin American Women Workers (Durham: Duke University Press), 1997, pp. 72-99.