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Joel Wolfe

Graduate Program Director, Professor of History

Portrait of Joel Wolfe

(413) 545-6766

Herter Hall 708

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison (1990).

Professor Joel Wolfe studies the impact of modernity, industrialism, and trade on Latin American societies and their politics. His primary focus is modern Brazil. His most recent publication was 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.


Research Areas

History of Latin America
History of Modern Brazil
History of baseball
Inter-American relations