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Ian Olivo Read, PhD

Associate Professor of Latin American Studies

Phone: 949-480-4217

Fax: 949-480-4243


Faculty - Full-Time


  • PhD., Stanford University, Stanford, CA
  • M.A., University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • B.A., DePaul University, Chicago, IL

Positions Held

  • At SUA since 2009
  • 2008-2009, Research Fellow, National Endowment for the Humanities 
  • 2007-2008, Instructor, University of California, Berkeley
  • 2006-2007, Visiting Asst. Professor, University of Puget Sound
  • 2005-2006, Graduate lecturer, Stanford University

Research Interests

  • History of health and disease in Brazil
  • Slavery in the Americas
  • Social and economic networks in Latin America
  • The United Fruit Company

Selected Papers, Publications & Lectures

  • The Hierarchies of Slavery in Santos, 1822-1889. Stanford University Press, 2012
  • “Freedom for Too Few: Slave Runaways in the Brazilian Empire” Journal of Social History, Vol. 48, No. 2, 2014 [co-authored with Kari Zimmerman]  
  • “Cultural and Epidemiological Frames in Writing the History of Disease in Latin America” Latin American Perspectives (under review)
  • “A triumphant decline? Tetanus among slaves and freeborn in Brazil” História Ciências Saúde – Manguinhos, Vol. 19, No. 1, 2012
  • “Off the Block but in the Neighborhood:  The Local Slave Trade in São Paulo” Slavery and Abolition, Routledge, Volume 33, No. 1, 2012.
  • "Sickness and Recovery among the Enslaved and Free of  Santos County Brazil, 1860-1880," The Americas, The Academy of American Franciscan History, Vol. 66, No. 1, 2008
  • "Bankers, Industrialists, and their Cliques: Networks and Institutions in Mexico and Brazil (1890-1910)"
    [co-written with Aldo Musacchio], Enterprise and Society, Oxford University Press, Vol. 8, No. 3, 2007
  • "Banana Boats and Baby Food:  The Banana in US History," in Steven Topik, Carlos Marichal and Zephyr Frank, editors, From Silver to Cocaine: Latin American Commodity Chains and the Building of the World Economy, 1500-2000 [chapter co-written with Marcelo Bucheli], Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2006
  • The Hierarchies and Geography of an Imperial Port City in Academic Research on Brazil, San Francisco:  Consulate General of Brazil, 2006

Courses Taught at SUA

  • Introduction to the Pacific Basin (PACBASIN 100)
  • Introduction to Latin American Studies (INTS 130)
  • US-Latin American Relations (INTS 210)
  • Brazil and Mexico in a Global Context (INTS 303)
  • Political Economy of Latin America (INTS 323)
  • Violence and Oppression in Latin America (INTS 404)
  • Plagues and Peoples (INTS 410)

Selected Honors & Awards

  • Professor of the Year Award (one of three awards), 2012
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Digital Fellowship, 2008
  • Louis Hanke Post-Doctoral Publication award, 2008
  • William R. Cline History Fellowship Fund, 2007
  • Giles Whiting Fellowship, 2005
  • Fulbright-Hays, 2004
  • Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship, 2003
  • Stanford Graduate Research Office, 2002

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