Judy Bieber

    Professor and Chair, History

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Dr. Judy Bieber received an appointment in the Department of History at The University of New Mexico in 1994. She offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses on the history of Latin America and the Atlantic World. These include colonial and modern Latin American surveys, a two-semester series on Brazil, Slavery and Race Relations in the Americas, and seminars on race, ethnicity, and political history in Latin America. She has also taught an undergraduate historiography course and is developing a new course on the history of chocolate, coffee, and sugar. Bieber has published a monograph and articles on the themes of nineteenth-century Brazilian politics, frontiers, and race relations. She has also published historiographical essays on Brazilian history in the U.S. and in Brazil. Her current research examines policy towards indigenous peoples in nineteenth-century Brazil.


  • PhD in History, John Hopkins University (1994)
  • BA, Rutgers College (1987)

Research Areas

  • 19th Century Brazil
  • Comparative Slavery and Race Relations
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • State Formation and Economic Development

Country Specialization(s)

  • Brazil

Latin American Studies Courses

*Latin America-related courses offered during the past three years*

  • HIST 376/576 Colonial Brazil
  • HIST 377 Modern Brazil
  • HIST 468/648 Society and Development in Latin America
  • HIST 181 Early Latin America
  • HIST 687 Seminar State and Nation in Modern Latin America
  • HIST 666 Seminar Slavery in North and South America
  • HIST 474/654 Slavery and Race Relations in the Americas
  • HIST 397/597; PORT 414/514 Race & Culture in Modern Brazil