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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 is 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).

Chazkel is also the 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. Laws of Chance will be published in Portuguese translation in Brazil by Editora da Unicamp. Other publications include articles on penal institutions, illicit gambling, forced labor in post-colonial 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, the Center for the Humanities, the Center for Place, Culture and Politics and the Committee on Globalization and Social Change at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Last but not least  the Instituto de Filosofia e Ciências Sociais/ Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro and the Graduate Program in History at the Universidade Federal da Santa Catarina. She currently serves as Co-Chair of the Radical History Review Editorial Collective. Her projects in progress include a co-edited anthology of primary sources on the history of Rio de Janeiro and research for a book that explores the social, cultural, and legal history of nighttime in nineteenth-century Rio de Janeiro."

Selected Publications

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)