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Amy Chazkel
Position: Associate Professor
Campus Affiliation: Graduate Center|Queens College
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D. Yale University
Research Interests: Latin America; Modern Brazil; Law and Society; Crime and Punishment; Urban History and Culture; Informal Economies; Public Space and Privatization; Slavery and Abolition

Amy Chazkel, a historian of Latin America who specializes in post-colonial Brazil, is an Associate Professor of History at Queens College and the CUNY Graduate Center. She is the author of Laws of Chance: Brazil’s Clandestine Lottery and the Making of Urban Public Life in Brazil (Duke University Press, 2011), winner of the New England Council of Latin American Studies Best Book Prize, co-winner of the J. Willard Hurst Prize of the Law and Society Association, and recipient of Honorable Mention for the Best Book Prize of the Brazil Section of the Latin American Studies Association. A Brazilian edition of Laws of Chance, entitled Leis da sorte was published with the Editora da Unicamp in 2014. She is also co-editor of The Rio Reader: History, Culture, Politics, an anthology of primary sources on the history of Rio de Janeiro (Duke University Press, 2016). Other publications include articles on the history of penal institutions, criminal law, illicit gambling, and the urban nighttime in modern Brazil and co-edited issues of the Radical History Review that explore the privatization of common property in global perspective and Haitian history. She has held faculty fellowships and visiting scholar positions at the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition at Yale, the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard, the Institute for Latin American Studies/ Center for Brazilian Studies at Columbia, and the Center for the Humanities and the Center for Place, Culture and Politics and the Committee on Globalization and Social Change at the CUNY Graduate Center.  She received a fellowship from the Brazilian agency Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education (CAPES) as Visiting Professor at the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC) in Brazil, where she taught in the doctoral program in history in 2013. She serves on the Radical History Review Editorial Collective, and for the 2016-17 academic year was a Futures Initiative Fellow at the Graduate Center. Her projects in progress include research for a book that explores the social, cultural, and legal history of nighttime in nineteenth-century Rio de Janeiro. 

Selected Publications

 A Lei de Lynch: Reconsidering the View from Brazil of Lynching in the United States, 1880s-1920s,” in Michael Pfeifer, ed., Global Lynching and Collective Violence (Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2017).

“The Invention of Night: Visibility and Violence After Dark in Rio de Janeiro,” in Gema Santamaría and David Carey, eds., The Publics and Politics of Violence in Latin America, (Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 2017)

“Uma roleta do jogo do bicho,” in Paulo Knauss, Marlize Malta, and Maria Isabel Lenza, eds., Objetos do Rio (Rio de Janeiro: Editora Jauá, 2016).

“Imagens nostálgicas: Os ascendedores de lampião na Revista Light,” in Andrea Casa Nova Maia, ed., O mundo do trabalho nas páginas das revistas ilustradas (Rio de Janeiro: Editora 7 Letras, 2016).

The Rio de Janeiro Reader: History, Culture, Politics (co-edited with Daryle Williams and Paulo Knauss). Duke University Press, 2016)

Leis da Sorte: O jogo do bicho e a construção da vida pública urbana (Editora da Unicamp, 2014)

Laws of Chance: Brazil's Clandestine Lottery and the Making of Modern Public Life in Brazil (Duke University Press, 2011) (Co-Winner of the 2012 J. Willard Hurst Prize of the Law and Society Association; Honorable Mention for the Latin American Studies Association Brazil Section Best Book Prize for 2012)