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Dr. Jan H. French
Dr. Jan H. French
Associate Professor of Anthropology

The Alfred B. Thomas Award from the Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies (SECOLAS) (2010)

Latin American Studies Association Brazil Section Best Book Award (2010)

Roberto Reis Book Award, Brazilian Studies Associaton, Honorable mention (2010)


Race and Color in Brazil and the U.S.: A comparative Perspective

Presented by Dr. Jan French, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, as part of the Sociology and Anthropology Speaker Series on Race and Ethnic Identity in the Year of the Census
Wednesday, October 20, 2010


French, J.H. Legalizing Identities: Becoming Black or Indian in Brazil's Northeast (UNC Press 2009). Podcast. Winner of the Latin American Studies Association Brazil Section Book Award (2010)


French, Jan Hoffman. “From Honor to Dignity: Criminal Libel, Press Freedom, and Racist Speech in Brazil,” Vanderbilt E-Journal of Luso-Hispanic Studies, Volume 10 (2015) peer reviewed.

French, Jan Hoffman. “At Play in the Field of Law: Symbolic Capital and Foreign Attorneys in LL.M. Programs,” Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies, Vol. 2, No. 1 (Winter 2015)

“Rethinking Police Violence in Brazil: Unmasking the Public Secret of Race” Latin American Politics and Society, Volume 55, Number 4 (Winter 2013)

“The Power of Definition: Brazil’s Contribution to Universal Concepts of Indigeneity,” Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies, Vol. 18 (2011).

French, J.H. (2006) Buried Alive: Imagining Africa in the Brazilian Northeast. American Ethnologist, v. 33.

French, J.H. (2005) Personal Encounters with the Work of Laura Nader. Law & Society Review, v.39, Issue 4, 957-964.

French, J.H. (2004) Mestizaje and Law Making in Indigenous Identity Formation in Northeastern Brazil: "After the Conflict Came the History." American Anthropologist, v. 106, no. 4, 663-674.

French, J.H. (2003) Os Quilombos e seus Direitos Hoje: Entre a Construcao das Identidades e a Historia. Revista de Historia da Universidade de Sao Paulo, v.149.

French, J.H. (2002) Dancing for Land: Law Making and Cultural Performance in Northeastern Brazil. Politcal and Legal Anthropology Review. v.25.


Cosmopolitan Theory and Anthropological Practice in Brazil,” in Rethinking Intellectuals in Latin America, Eds. Bret Gustafson and Mabel Moraña, (Frankfurt/Madrid: Iberoamericana/Vervuert 2010)

“Ethnoracial Identity in a Neoliberal Age: Government Recognition of Difference in Northeast Brazil, “ in Beyond Neoliberalism in Latin America, Eds. John Burdick, Philip Oxhorn, and Kenneth Roberts (Palgrave MacMillan 2009).

French, J.H. "Ethnoracial Land Restitution: Finding Indians and Fugitive Slave Descendants in the Brazilian Northeast" in Restoring What Was Ours: The Rights And Wrongs Of Land Restitution, eds. Derick Fay and Deborah James (Routledge Press 2008).

French, J.H. "Ethnoracial Identity in a Neoliberal Age: Government Recognition of Difference in Northeast Brazil," in Beyond Neoliberalism in Latin America, eds. John Burdick, Philip Oxhorn and Kenneth Roberts (Palgrave MacMillan 2008).

Ph.D., Duke University
J.D., University of Connecticut
B.A., Temple University
Contact Information
302K Weinstein Hall
(804) 287-6429
(804) 287-1278 (Fax)
Areas of Expertise
Latin America
Legal and Political Anthropology
Human Rights
Anthropological Theory