Staff Directory


Ian Olivo Read, PhD

Associate Professor of Latin American Studies

Director of International Studies

Phone: 949-480-4217

Fax: 949-480-4243


Faculty - Full-Time


  • PhD. Department of History, Stanford University
  • M.A. Program of Social Sciences, University of Chicago
  • B.A. International Studies, DePaul University

Positions Held

  • 2008-2015, Associate Professor of Latin American Studies, Soka University of America
  • 2007-2008, Instructor, Department of History, University of California Berkeley
  • 2006-2007, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Puget Sound
  • 2003-2006, Lecturer, Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity and the Department of History, Stanford University

Research Interests

  • History of Brazil
  • History of public health
  • Slavery and race in the Americas

Selected Papers, Publications, Presentations, & Exhibits

  • “Do Diseases Talk?  Writing the Cultural and Epidemiological History of Disease in Latin America,” Latin American Perspectives, scheduled for publication in May 2016.
  • “Freedom for Too Few: Slave Runaways in the Brazilian Empire” Journal of Social History, Vol. 48, No. 2, 2014 [co-authored with Kari Zimmerman].
  • The Hierarchies of Slavery in Santos, Brazil, 1822-1888, Stanford:  Stanford University Press, 2012.
  • “A Triumphant Decline? Tetanus among Slaves and Freeborn in Brazil.”  História, Ciências, Saúde – Manguinhos, Rio de Janeiro: Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Vol.19, December 2012.
  • “Off the Block but in the Neighborhood:  Local Slave Trading in São Paulo.” Slavery and Abolition, Routledge, March, vol. 33, n. 1, March 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, June 2008.
  • “Bankers, Industrialists, and their Cliques:  Networks and Institutions in Mexico and Brazil (1890-1910)” Enterprise and Society, Oxford University Press, Vol. 8, No. 3, Dec. 2007 [co-authored with Aldo Musacchio].
  • “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. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2006, [co-authored with Marcelo Bucheli]. 

Courses Taught at SUA

  • Introduction to Latin American Studies (INTS 130)
  • Introduction to the Pacific Basin (PACBASIN 100)
  • US-Latin American Relations (INTS 210)
  • Brazil and Mexico in a Global Context (INTS 303)
  • Political Economy of Latin America (INTS 323)
  • The Americas in the Era of Slavery (INTS/HUM 390)
  • Plagues and Peoples (INTS 410) 

Selected Honors & Awards

  • American Council for Learned Societies Fellowship, 2016
  • Professor of the Year Award (one of two 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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