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Joel Wolfe



Office: Herter 708
Telephone: (413) 545-6766
Fax: (413) 545-6137

Degree: Ph.D. University of Wisconsin -- Madison (1990)
Fields of interest: Modern Latin America, Brazil

Research Interests and Professional Activities
Professor Wolfe studies the impact of modernity, industrialism, and trade on Latin American societies and their politics.  His primary focus is modern Brazil.  He is the author most recently of Autos and Progress:  The Brazilian Search for Modernity (Oxford 2010).  He also published Working Women, Working Men: São Paulo and the Rise of Brazil's Industrial Working Class, 1900-1955 (Duke 1993).  His articles have appeared in the Latin American Research Review, Hispanic American Historical, Radical History Review, Review, Luso-Brazilian Review,  and Revista Brasileira de História. He is at present working on a book tentatively entitled, "The Global Twenties: Trade and Society in the Western Hemisphere in the 1920s."

Professor Wolfe regularly gives classes on Modern Latin American, Brazil, Technology & Modernity, Inter-American Relations., and the History of Baseball.