João José Reis

João José Reis

Robert F. Kennedy Visiting Professor, Department of History

João José Reis received his PhD in History from the University of Minnesota and is currently a Professor of History at the Universidade Federal de Bahia (UFBA) in Brazil. He is the author of Slave Rebellion in Brazil: The Muslim Uprising of 1835 in Bahia and Death is a Festival: Funeral Rites and Popular Rebellion in Nineteenth-Century Brazil, which earned the 1996 Clarence H. Haring Prize from the American Historical Association and the 1992 Jabuti Prize for nonfiction from the Brazilian Book Council. From 1996 to 2004, he served as editor for the Afro-Ásia journal published by UFBA’s Centro de Estudos Afro-Orientais. He has been a Visiting Scholar at the University of London and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, as well as a Visiting Professor at the University of London, Princeton University, University of Michigan and Brandeis University. In 2004, he was awarded the Comenda da Ordem Nacional do Mérito Científico by the Brazilian Government. While at Harvard during the spring semester, he taught in the Department of History and presented several public lectures including Divining Slavery and Other Diseases: An African Priest in Nineteenth Century Brazil and Social Mobility among Slaves in Bahia, Brazil: The Case of Manoel Ricardo. 


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