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João José Reis

Full professor at the Federal University of Bahia and CNPq Productivity Researcher 1A. Graduated in History from the Catholic University of Salvador (1974), Master in History (1977) and Doctor in History (1982) from the University of Minnesota, USA. He served as a visiting professor at the universities of Michigan (Ann Arbor), Princeton, Brandeis, Texas (Austin), Harvard and the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, also being a visiting researcher at the University of London, Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences (Stanford), National Humanities Center (Research Triangle, NC), Harvard University, Humboldt Universität (Berlin), among other institutions. He has led research groups, guiding and producing in the areas of History of Brazil Empire and Atlantic History, with emphasis on the themes of social and cultural history of Africa, slavery and trafficking; slave resistance; social movements; attitudes towards death.

He was awarded the Scientific Merit Commendation from the Ministry of Science and Technology, in the classes of Comendador (2004) and Grã Cruz (2010), being elected Lifetime Foreign Honorary Member of the American Historical Association. In 2014 he received the Joint Works Award from the Academia de Letras da Bahia; in 2017, the Machado de Assis Award for the Set of Works of the Brazilian Academy of Letters.

Several of his works have received academic awards and also translated, highlighting the book "A death is a party" that received the Jabuti Award for Best Work, Essay category, in 1992, and the Haring Award, of the American Historical Association, in 1997, among others. His book "O Alufá Rufino: trafficking, slavery and freedom in the black Atlantic" (co-authored with Flávio Gomes and Marcus Carvalho) won the Casa de las Américas Award (Cuba), Brazilian Literature category, in 2012, and was translated into the Spanish. He also participated in collections that won the Jabuti and Manoel Bonfim awards. Four of his books were published in English: "Slave Rebellion in Brazil" (Johns Hopkins Universitu Press, 1993; "Death is a Festival" (University of North Carolina Press, 2003); "Divining Slavery and Freedom" (Cambridge University Press, 2015): and "The Story of Rufino" (Oxford University Press, 2020), co-authored with Flávio Gomes and Marcus Carvalho

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