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Zephyr Frank

Professor of History and, by courtesy, Iberian and Latin American Cultures

Bio
Academic Appointments: 
Professor, History
Professor (By courtesy), Iberian and Latin American Cultures
Administrative Appointments: 
Associate Professor, Stanford University (2008 - Present)
Assistant Professor, Stanford University (2000 - 2008)
Lecturer, Illinois State University (1999 - 2000)
Visiting Associate Professor, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil (2012 - 2012)
Honors and Awards: 
Dean's Award, Distinguished Achievements in Teaching, Stanford University (2008)
Graves Award, Excellence in Humanities Teaching, administered by Pomona College in conjunction with the ACLS (2008)
Dissertation Research Fellowship, Fulbright-Hays, Brazil (1997)
Strugis Leavitt Award, Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies (2006)
Conference Prize, Conference on Latin American History (2006)
Robertson Prize, Conference ofLatin American History (2005)
Office of Technology Licensing Research Initiative Award, Stanford, $18,900 (2001-02)
Graduate College Fellow, University of Illinois (1996)
FLAS Title VI Fellowship (Portuguese), University of Illinois (1993-95)
Professional Organizations: 
Founding Director, Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis, Stanford University (2012 - Present)
Director, Spatial History Project, Stanford University (2010 - Present)
Core participant, Stanford Spatial History Project, funded by the Andrew Mellon Foundation and the Office of the Dean of Humanities and Sciences. (2007 - 2012)
Member of selection committee, American Council of Learned Societies, Digital Innovation Fellowship Program (2013 - 2014)
Thesis Prize Committee, Centro de Pesquisa em Historia Social da Cultura, UNICAMP, Brazil (2009 - 2009)
Organizer, Poverty and Inequality in Latin America, Center for Latin American Studies, Stanford University (2006 - 2006)
Organizer, Terrain of History, Stanford Humanities Center (2006 - 2006)
Affiliated faculty member, Urban Studies Program, Stanford University (2006 - Present)
Affiliated faculty member, Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity, Stanford University (2007 - Present)
Affiliated faculty member, Woods Institute for the Environment (2009 - 2011)
Member of Editorial Board, Cadernos de Historia (academic journal, Belo Horizonte, Brazil)
Screener, SSRC International Dissertation Research Fellowships (2005 - 2005)
Screener, SSRC International Dissertation Research Fellowships (2008 - 2008)
Manuscript reviewer, University of New Mexico Press, Yale University Press, and Stanford University Press
Article Reviewer, Business History Review, Journal of Latin American Studies, Comparative Studies in Society and History, and Revista de Hist6ria Economica
Co-director, with Richard Roberts, Court Records and Humanities," an interactive digital archive project in the Stanford Humanities Laboratory (2003 - Present)
Commentator, Hewlett-Brazil Workshop, University of Illinois (2001 - 2001)
Commentator, Political Culture in the Andes, a NEH conference held at the University of Illinois (2000 - 2000)
Director, Program on Urban Studies (2013 - Present)
Chair, Digital Humanities Faculty Search (DLCL & English) (2013 - Present)
Director, Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (2012 - Present)
Appointed member, ad-hoc committee on online learning, VPOL (2012 - 2013)
Appointed member, SUES subcommittee on breadth (2011 - 2012)
Appointed member, C-ACIS (2011 - Present)
Member, Committee in Charge, Program in Modern Thought and Literature (2011 - Present)
Elected member, Faculty Senate, Stanford University (2010 - 2012)
Executive Committee member, Urban Studies Program, Stanford University (2010 - Present)
Board member, Latin American Studies Center, Stanford University (2006 - Present)
Director, Honors Program in History, Department of History, Stanford University (2001 - 2003)
Selection Committee, External and Internal Faculty Fellowships, Stanford Humanities Center (2010 - 2010)
Selection Committee, Graduate Fellowships, Stanford Humanities Center (2006 - 2006)
Book prize committee, AHA-Pacific Coast Branch, 2006-08; Rocky Mountain Conference on Latin American Studies (2006 - 2007)
Member, Latin American History search committee, Stanford University (2002 - 2003)
Faculty supervisor, Summer Honors College (2002 - 2002)
Faculty supervisor, Summer Honors College (2003 - 2003)
Faculty supervisor, Summer Honors College (2004 - 2004)
Co-director, Empires and Cultures Workshop, Stanford Humanities Center (2001 - 2005)
Member, History Department Policy Committee, Stanford University (2002 - 2003)
Undergraduate Studies Committee, Department of History, Stanford University (2000 - 2002)
Undergraduate Studies Committee, Department of History, Stanford University (2005 - 2006)
Conference organizer, Latin America and Global Trade," Social Science History Institute, Stanford University (2001 - 2001)
Secretary, Department of History, Stanford University (2000 - 2001)
Graduate Admissions Committee, Latin American Studies Center, Stanford University (2001 - 2001)
Graduate Admissions Committee, Latin American Studies Center, Stanford University (2007 - 2007)
Undergraduate Honors Thesis Advisor for students in History, Latin American Studies, and International Relations
Member or chair, doctoral examination committees in History and Political Science
Honors Award Committee, Department of History, Stanford University (2001 - 2001)
Honors Award Committee, Department of History, Stanford University (2002 - 2002)
Member, Feminist Studies Resource Faculty (2000 - Present)
Member, American Historical Association
Member, Economic History Association
Member, Economic History Society
Member, Mexican Economic History Association
Member, Brazilian Studies Association
Corresponding Member, Instituto Historico e Geognifico de Mato Grosso
Education: 
Fellow, Stanford Humanties Center (2004)
Ph.D., University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, History (1999)
Research & Scholarship
Projects: 
Media Places, Umeå University
Title: 
Media Places
Detail: 

Collaboration with HUMlab, Umeå University, Sweden, Wallenberg Network Initiative. Supports digital humanities research and postdoctoral scholar exchange with Swedish institutions.

Location

Sweden

Collaborators

  • Franco Moretti, Danily C. and Laura Louise Bell Professor and Professor of Comparative Literature and, by courtesy, of German Studies, Stanford University
Historical Demography of the Rio das Mortes, Brazil, Federal University of Minas Gerais
Title: 
Historical Demography of the Rio das Mortes, Brazil
Detail: 

Project seeks to reconstruct the demography of a region in Minas Gerais, Brazil, during the period 1700-1900. Collaboration with scholars at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

Location

Brazil

Collaborators

  • Douglas Libby, Professor, UFMG
Interdisciplinary Studies in Transportation, Mobility, and Political Change in Brazil and the USA, Stanford University (9/1/2014 - Present)
Title: 
Interdisciplinary Studies in Transportation, Mobility, and Political Change in Brazil and the USA
Detail: 

Project funded by the REVS program, Stanford University. Study of transportation infrastructure in Brazil and USA in comparative perspective with a focus on the interaction between automobility and political change.

Location

Brazil

Collaborators

  • Jonathan Rodden, Professor of Political Science and Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University
  • Clayton Nall, Assistant Professor, Stanford University
Teaching
Courses Taught: 
Academic Year: 
2016-17
Independent Study Courses: 
Directed Individual Study in Earth Systems
EARTHSYS 297 (Aut, Win, Spr, Sum)
Directed Reading in Environment and Resources
ENVRES 398 (Aut, Win, Spr, Sum)
Directed Research
EARTHSYS 250 (Aut, Win, Spr, Sum)
Directed Research in Environment and Resources
ENVRES 399 (Aut, Win, Spr, Sum)
Graduate Directed Reading
HISTORY 399W (Aut, Win, Spr, Sum)
Graduate Independent Study
MTL 398 (Aut, Win, Spr)
Graduate Research
HISTORY 499X (Aut, Win, Spr, Sum)
Honors Program in Earth Systems
EARTHSYS 199 (Aut, Win, Spr, Sum)
Honors Thesis
LATINAM 198 (Win, Spr)
Reading for Orals
MTL 399 (Aut, Win, Spr)
Senior Honors Thesis
URBANST 199 (Win, Spr)
Senior Research I
HISTORY 299A (Aut, Win, Spr)
Senior Research II
HISTORY 299B (Win, Spr)
Senior Research III
HISTORY 299C (Win, Spr)
Senior Thesis
INTNLREL 198 (Aut, Win, Spr)
Undergraduate Directed Research and Writing
HISTORY 299S (Aut, Win, Spr, Sum)
Academic Year: 
2015-16
Courses: 
Human Society and Environmental Change
EARTHSYS 112, ESS 112, HISTORY 103D (Aut)
Introduction to Geospatial Humanities
HISTORY 104, HISTORY 4 (Spr)
Modern Brazil
HISTORY 276, HISTORY 376 (Spr)
Independent Study Courses: 
Directed Individual Study in Earth Systems
EARTHSYS 297 (Aut, Win, Spr, Sum)
Directed Reading in Environment and Resources
ENVRES 398 (Aut, Win, Spr, Sum)
Directed Research
EARTHSYS 250 (Aut, Win, Spr, Sum)
Directed Research in Environment and Resources
ENVRES 399 (Aut, Win, Spr, Sum)
Graduate Directed Reading
HISTORY 399W (Aut, Win, Spr, Sum)
Graduate Independent Study
MTL 398 (Aut, Win, Spr)
Graduate Research
HISTORY 499X (Aut, Win, Spr, Sum)
Honors Program in Earth Systems
EARTHSYS 199 (Aut, Win, Spr, Sum)
Honors Thesis
LATINAM 198 (Win, Spr)
Ph.D. Qualifying Tutorial
ENVRES 410 (Aut, Win, Sum)
Reading for Orals
MTL 399 (Aut, Win, Spr)
Senior Honors Thesis
URBANST 199 (Win, Spr)
Senior Research I
HISTORY 299A (Aut, Win, Spr)
Senior Research II
HISTORY 299B (Win, Spr)
Senior Research III
HISTORY 299C (Win, Spr)
Senior Thesis
INTNLREL 198 (Aut, Win, Spr)
Undergraduate Directed Research and Writing
HISTORY 299S (Aut, Win, Spr, Sum)
Academic Year: 
2014-15
Independent Study Courses: 
Directed Individual Study in Earth Systems
EARTHSYS 297 (Aut, Win, Spr, Sum)
Directed Research
EARTHSYS 250 (Aut, Win, Spr, Sum)
Directed Research in Environment and Resources
ENVRES 399 (Aut, Win, Spr, Sum)
Graduate Directed Reading
HISTORY 399W (Aut, Win, Spr, Sum)
Graduate Independent Study
MTL 398 (Aut, Win, Spr)
Graduate Research
HISTORY 499X (Aut, Win, Spr, Sum)
Honors Program in Earth Systems
EARTHSYS 199 (Aut, Win, Spr, Sum)
Honors Thesis
LATINAM 198 (Aut, Win, Spr)
Ph.D. Qualifying Tutorial
ENVRES 410 (Aut, Win, Spr, Sum)
Reading for Orals
MTL 399 (Aut, Win, Spr)
Senior Honors Thesis
URBANST 199 (Aut, Win, Spr)
Senior Research I
HISTORY 299A (Aut, Win, Spr)
Senior Research II
HISTORY 299B (Aut, Win, Spr)
Senior Research III
HISTORY 299C (Aut, Win, Spr)
Senior Thesis
INTNLREL 198 (Aut, Win, Spr)
Undergraduate Directed Research and Writing
HISTORY 299S (Aut, Win, Spr, Sum)
Academic Year: 
2013-14
Independent Study Courses: 
Directed Individual Study in Earth Systems
EARTHSYS 297 (Aut, Win, Spr, Sum)
Directed Research
EARTHSYS 250 (Aut, Win, Spr, Sum)
Directed Research in Environment and Resources
ENVRES 399 (Aut, Win, Spr, Sum)
Graduate Directed Reading
HISTORY 399W (Aut, Win, Spr, Sum)
Graduate Independent Study
MTL 398 (Aut, Win, Spr)
Graduate Research
HISTORY 499X (Aut, Win, Spr, Sum)
Honors Program in Earth Systems
EARTHSYS 199 (Aut, Win, Spr, Sum)
Honors Thesis
LATINAM 198 (Aut, Win, Spr)
Ph.D. Qualifying Tutorial
ENVRES 410 (Aut, Win, Spr, Sum)
Reading for Orals
MTL 399 (Aut, Win, Spr)
Senior Honors Thesis
URBANST 199 (Aut, Win, Spr)
Senior Research I
HISTORY 299A (Aut, Win, Spr)
Senior Research II
HISTORY 299B (Aut, Win, Spr)
Senior Research III
HISTORY 299C (Aut, Win, Spr)
Senior Thesis
INTNLREL 198 (Aut, Win, Spr)
Undergraduate Directed Research and Writing
HISTORY 299S (Aut, Win, Spr, Sum)
Postdoctoral Advisees: 
Publications
Review of The Laws of Chance Journal of Social History Chazkel, A. 2013; 47 (1)
Entre ricos e pobres o mundo de Antonio Jose Dutra no Rio de Janeiro oitocentista Frank, Z. Sao Paulo: Editora Annablume. 2012
Risk, Incentives, and Contracts: Partnerships in Rio de Janeiro, 1870-1891 JOURNAL OF ECONOMIC HISTORY Abramitzky, R., Frank, Z., Mahajan, A. 2010; 70 (3): 686-715
The Slave Market in Rio de Janeiro circa 1869: Movement, Context, and Social Experience the Journal of Latin American Geography Frank, Z. 2010; 9 (2)
Review of The Forbidden Lands Hispanic American Historical Review Langfur, H. 2010; 90 (3)
Voltando aos registros paroquiais de Minas colonial: etnicidade em Sao Jose do Rio das Mortes, 1780-1810 Revista Brasileira de Historia Frank, Z. 2009; 29 (58): 383-415
Exploring International Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration in the Americas Frank, Z. 2008
Layers, flows and intersections: Jeronymo Jose de Mello and artisan life in Rio de Janeiro, 1840s-1880s JOURNAL OF SOCIAL HISTORY Frank, Z. 2007; 41 (2): 307-?
The Partnership Puzzle: Business Partnerships in Rio de Janeiro, 1870-1891 paper presented to the VonGremp Economic History Workshop, UCLA Frank, Z. 2007
Cities and wealth in the South Atlantic: Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro before 1860 COMPARATIVE STUDIES IN SOCIETY AND HISTORY Johnson, L. L., Frank, Z. 2006; 48 (3): 634-668
Of Birth and Bondage Working Paper for the Early Modem History Workshop Libby, D. 2006
Conclusion: Commodity Chains and Globalization in Historical Perspective From Silver to Cocaine Marichal, C., Topok, S. edited by Marichal, Topik, Frank Duke University Press. 2006: 352-360
Stature in Nineteenth-Century Rio de Janeiro: Preliminary Evidence from Prison Records Revista de Historia Economica: Journal of Iberian and Latin American Economic History Frank, Z. 2006; 24 (3): 465-490
Brazil in the International Rubber Trade, 1870-1930 From Silver to Cocaine Musacchio, A. edited by Marichal, Topik, Frank Duke University Press. 2006: 271- 299
Review of Native Capital: Financial Institutions and Economic Development in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 1850-1920 Business History Review Hanley, A. 2006; 80 (3)
Rentiers and Renters: The Urban Property Market in Rio de Janeiro Poverty and inequality in Latin America Frank, Z. 2006
From Silver to Cocaine Latin American Commodity Chains and the Building of the World Economy, 1500-2000 edited by Marichal, C., Topik, S. Durham: Duke University Press. 2006
Review of Stringing Together a Nation Hispanic American Historical Review Diacon, T. 2006; 86 (3)
Introduction: Commodity Chains in Theory and in Latin American History From Silver to Cocaine Marichal, C., Topok, S. edited by Marichal, Topik, Frank Duke University Press. 2006: 1-24
Exploring parish registers in colonial Minas Gerais, Brazil: Ethnicity in Sao Jose do Rio das Mortes, 1780-1810 COLONIAL LATIN AMERICAN HISTORICAL REVIEW Libby, D., Frank, Z. 2005; 14 (3): 213-244
Wealth Holding in Southeastern Brazil Hispanic American Historical Review Frank, Z. 2005; 85 (2): 221-255
Dutra's World Wealth and Family in Nineteenth-Century Rio de Janeiro Frank, Z. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press. 2004
Review of Within Her Power: Propertied Women in Colonial Virginia The Journal of Economic History Sturtz, L. L. 2003; 63 (3)
Review of Labour Relations and Industrial Performance in Brazil: Greater Sao Paulo, 1945-60 The Journal of Economic History Colistete, R. 2002; 62 (2)
The International Natural Rubber Market, 1870-1930 Frank, Z., Musacchio, A. edited by Whaples, R. 2002
Review of The Many and the Few Journal of Interdisciplinary History Sabato, H. 2002; 33 (4)
Exports and inequality: Evidence from the Brazilian frontier, 1870-1937 JOURNAL OF ECONOMIC HISTORY Frank, Z. L. 2001; 61 (1): 37-58
Review of Banking and Economic Development: Brazil 1889-1930 The Journal of Economic History Triner, G. 2001; 61 (4)
Elite families and oligarchic politics on the Brazilian frontier: Mato Grosso, 1889-1937 LATIN AMERICAN RESEARCH REVIEW Frank, Z. L. 2001; 36 (1): 49-74