Associate Professor of History (appointed August 1995; promoted August 2001)
Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, College of Arts and Humanities (July 2013- )
College of Arts and Humanities
1102 Francis Scott Key Hall
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
Office: (301) 405-2091
Twitter: @DaryleWilliams #RioReader
Brazil post-1808; Modern Latin American Cultural History
Secondary Fields: Atlantic Slavery and Emancipation
Languages: English; Portuguese; Spanish
PhD, Latin American History, Stanford University, June 1995
MA, Latin American History, Stanford University, September 1991
AB with high honors, History, Princeton University, June 1989
Certificate in Latin American Studies, Princeton University, June 1989
BOOK: The Broken Paths of Freedom: Free Africans and Nineteenth-Century Brazilian Slave Society
DIGITAL: Enslaved: People of the Historic Slave Trade (Michigan State University)
Monographs and Edited Works:
Daryle Williams, Amy Chazkel, and Paulo Knauss, eds. The Rio de Janeiro Reader: History, Politics, Culture. Durham: Duke University Press, December 2015.
Daryle Williams, Culture Wars in Brazil: The First Vargas Regime, 1930-1945. Durham: Duke University Press, 2001 [Winner of American Historical Association's John Edwin Fagg Prize for the best publication in the history of Spain and Latin America, January 2003]
Select Published Articles, Chapters, and Essays:
"Beyond historia pátria: The Jesuit-Guaraní Missions, World Heritage, and Other Histories of Cultural Patrimony in Mercosul/Merocsur, " IN Big Water: Environment, Belonging, and Development in the Borderlands of Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay. eds. Jacob Blanc and Frederico Freitas. Tuscon: University of Arizona Press, 2018.
"'A necessária distinção entre liberdade e emancipação': African, English, and Brazilian Notions of being emancipado," IN Instituições Nefandas: o fim da escravidão e da servidão no Brasil, nos Estados Unidos e na Rússia. eds. Daniel Aarão Reis Filho, Keila Grinberg, and Ivana Stolze Lima, ed. Rio de Janeiro; Fundação Casa Rui Barbosa, 2018.
Notes from Rio: the Always/Never Marvellous City," History & Policy (August 2016): online.
"Cape Verde at the End of Atlantic Slavery." Slavery & Abolition 36, no. 1 (2015): 160-179.
"Redimindo Cã mais uma vez: Modesto Brocos, Redenção de Cã e o fim da escravidão no Brasil." IN Políticas da Raça: Experiências e Legados da Abolição e da Pós-Emancipação no Brasil. eds. Flávio Gomes and Petrônio Domingues, 173-194. São Paulo: Selo Negro, 2014.
"The Portrait(s) of the Intrepid Mariner Simão: Visual Histories of Blackness in the Luso-Atlantic and the End of the Slave Trade," IN Slave Portraiture in the Atlantic World. eds. Agnes Lugo-Ortiz and Angela Rosenthal, 405-431. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013.
The Broken Paths of Freedom (Proof-of-Concept Visualization), Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis, Stanford University, 2012
"'Peculiar circumstances of the land': Artists and Models in Nineteenth-Century Brazilian Slave Society." Art History 35:4 (September 2012): 702-727. [DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8365.2012.00914.x]
"Além da historia pátria?: As missões jesuítico-guaraní, o Patrimônio da Humanidade, e outras historias." Revista do Patrimônio 34 (2011): 281-301.
"Civicscape and Memoryscape: The First Vargas Regime and Rio de Janeiro," IN Vargas and Brazil: New Perspectives. ed. Jens R. Hentschke, 55-82. New York/London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.
"Stefan Zweig, The Accidental Brazilianist," Wiener Zeitschrift zur Geschichte der Neuzeit (1/2005): 151-155. (with Barbara Weinstein), "Vargas Morto: The Death and Life of a Brazilian Statesman," IN Death, Dismemberment, and Memory: Politics of the Body in Latin America. ed. Lyman Johnson. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2004.
"Digital Apporaches to the History of the Atlantic Slave Trade," The Oxford Encyclopedia of African Histories: Methods, Sources, and Historiographies (forthcoming March 2019)
Various entries, Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016.
"The Politics of Cultural Production during the Vargas Era, 1930–1945," Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Latin American History. Oxford University Press, April 2016. [DOI: 10.1093/acrefore/9780199366439.013.290]
Conferences and Papers:
"Slave Emancipation, Race, and Fine Arts in Brazil," Thomas E. Skidmore Distinguished Lecture on Latin American History, Brown University, April 2018
"Visual Sources and the Recovery of Africans Lives in Nineteenth-Century Brazilian Slave Society," Brazilian Studies Committee Meeting, Conference on Latin American History, Annual Meetings of the American Historical Association, January 2017
"Africanos into Africanos Livres in Nineteenth-century Brazil," Panel: The Liberated Africans Project: New Developments and Implications for the Study of the Abolition of the Atlantic and Indian Ocean Slave Trade" 59th Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association, Washington, DC, December 2016
"Mapping Free Africans and Circuits of Information in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Rio de Janeiro" Panel: Digital History, Slave Databases, and Mapping. Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, January 2016
"Visualizing Space and Time: The Free Africans of Brazil," Symposium: Liberated Africans and the Digital Humanities, University of California, Irvine, October 2013
"Study of the Christie Affair: Revisiting the Anglo-Brazilian Question, 1861-1865," Terceiro Congresso Internacional do PRONEX: Dimensões e fronteiras do Estado brasileiro no século XIX, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, November 5-7, 2012
"At the 'Margins' of the Atlantic Slave System," Semana de História, Universidade Estadual de São Paulo-Assis, October 2012
"Towards a Spatial History of Freedom in Nineteenth-Century Brazilian Slave Society" Spatial History Lab, Stanford University, September 25, 2012
"From Ambriz to Rio: A Spatial History of the Free Africans of the Slave Ship Cezar, 1838-1865," Virginia Commonwealth University, April 2012
"Artists and Models in Nineteenth-Century Brazilian Slave Society" University of Pennsylvania, April 2012
"Hilario Congo and the Traps of Freedom in Nineteenth-Century Brazilian Slave Society," Americas Research Group, Newcastle University, May 2011
"A Paradox of People and Things in Nineteenth-Century Brazilian Slave Society," Vanderbilt History Seminar, Vanderbilt University, October 2009
"Cape Verde and the 'Margins' of the Nineteenth-Century Atlantic Slave System," Seminário Internacional: O Século XIX e as Novas Fronteiras da Escravidão e da Liberdade, Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro and Universidade Severino Sombra, August 2009
"The Portrait(s) of the Intrepid Mariner Simão: Visual Histories of Blackness in the Luso-Atlantic at the End of the Slave Trade," Virginia Commonwealth University, April 2008
"'The Peculiar Circumstances of this Land': Blackness and Live Models in Nineteenth-Century Brazilian Fine Arts," 122nd Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, Washington, DC, January 4, 2008
"Vida e obra do Simão Salvador, o Intrépido Marinheiro do Vapor Pernambucana," Festas do Municipio da Ribeira Grande, Santo Antão, Cape Verde, January 2008
Princeton University Latin American Ephemera Symposium, Princeton University, March 2, 2007
"The Blackness of Beauty: Brazilian Fine Arts Under Slavery and Emancipation, 1816-1914," Department of History, Northern Illinois University and Department of History (Sahin Lecture Series), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, April 2005
Co-Principal Investigator, Enslaved: People of the Historic Slave Trade
$1.5M grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Co-Principal Investigator, African American History, Culture, and Digital Humanities (AADHum)
$1.25M grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Co-Principal Investigator, The Liberated Africans Project
$50,000 award from the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research
Grants and Fellowships:
Research and Support Award, University of Maryland
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend
Graduate Research Board Semester Fellowship, University of Maryland
Maryland Institute for Technology and the Humanities University of Maryland
Rockefeller Postdoctoral Fellowship
in the Humanities
Programa de Investigaciones Socioculturales en el Mercosur
Instituto de Desarrollo Económico y Social, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship
Department of History, University of California, San Diego
Fulbright Scholar Program
Instituto de Filosofia e Ciências Sociais, Programa de Pós-Graduação em História Social
Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Fellow, Big Ten Academic Alliance Academic Leadership Program, 2017-2018
Chair, President's Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues (2015-
Area Editor (Brazil Pre-1888) Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography Culture, 2013-
Warren Dean Prize Committee, Conference of Latin American History, 2011 and 2013 (chair)
Director of Graduate Studies, Department of History, University of Maryland, 2005-2009
Program Committee, 122nd Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, 2008
Associate Editor, Hispanic American Historical Review, 2002-2007
Associate Director, David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the African Diaspora, University of Maryland, 2002-2004
Director, Committee on Africa and the Americas, University of Maryland, 2001-2002
Co-Director, National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute for College Teachers, The Crossroads of Atlantic Cultures: Brazil at 500, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, 1998
Assistant Editor, The Americas: A Quarterly Review of Interamerican Cultural History, 1999-2002