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Hal Langfur

Hal Langfur, Associate Professor



telephone: 716-645-8408



A.B., Harvard, 1982, magna cum laude

M.A., Ph.D., University of Texas, 1995, 1999

Courses Regularly Taught:

UGC 112: World Civilizations II, 1500 - present
HIS 328: History of Brazil
HIS 302: History of Colonial Latin America
HIS 433: Latin American Native Peoples
HIS 506: North and South Atlantic World Core Seminar
HIS 559: Colonial Latin American History Core Seminar
HIS 606: Transnational Research Seminar

Fields: Latin American; North and South Atlantic

Hubs: Knowledge; Culture and Society; Transnational Developments

Research Interests:
Research: Colonial and post-independence Brazil; early modern Atlantic world; race relations; comparative indigenous history; cross-cultural encounters; cultures of violence.

Current Research:
I am currently working on a book entitled "Adrift on an Inland Sea: The Projection of Portuguese Power in the Brazilian Wilderness."


Selected Publications:

The Forbidden Lands: Colonial Identity, Frontier Violence, and the Persistence of Brazil's Eastern Indians, 1750-1830.   Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2006. Paperback, 2009.

Native Brazil: Beyond the Convert and the Cannibal, 1500-1900 , edited by H. Langfur, (University of New Mexico Press, 2014)

“Elite Ethnography and Indian Eradication: Confronting the Cannibal in Early Nineteenth-Century Brazil.” In Contesting Knowledge: Museums and Indigenous Perspectives, ed. Susan Sleeper-Smith (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2009), 15-44.

“Minas Expansionista, Minas Mestiça: a resistência dos índios em Minas Gerais do século do ouro,” with Maria Leônia Chaves de Resende, Anais de História de Além-Mar (Lisbon): 9 (2008): 79-103.

“Colonial Brazil.” In A Companion to Latin American History, ed. Thomas H. Holloway (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2007): 89-105.

"The Return of the Bandeira: Economic Calamity, Historical Memory, and Armed Expeditions to the Sertão in Minas Gerais, Brazil, 1750-1808," The Americas 61:4 (April 2005): 429-62.

"Moved by Terror: Frontier Violence as Cultural Exchange in Late-Colonial Brazi," Ethnohistory 52:2 (spring 2005): 255-89.

With Stuart B. Schwartz. "Tapanhuns, Negros da Terra, and Curibocas: Common Cause and Confrontation between Blacks and Indians in Colonial Brazil" in Black and Red: African-Indigenous Relations in Colonial Latin America, ed. Matthew Restall (Albuquerque: Univ. of New Mexico Press, 2005), 81-114.

"Uncertain Refuge: Frontier Formation and the Origins of the Botocudo War in Late-Colonial Brazil," Hispanic American Historical Review 82:2 (May 2002): 215-56. "Best Article" on Latin America award, 2001-2, Southern Historical Association.

"Myths of Pacification: Brazilian Frontier Settlement and the Subjugation of the Bororo Indians," Journal of Social History 32:4 (Summer 1999): 879-905.


• National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow at the Newberry Library in Chicago, 2012

• R. David Parsons / Donald L. Saunders Research Fellow at the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University in Providence, RI, 2013

• Humanities Institute Research Fellowship, University at Buffalo, fall 2010
• Forbidden Lands received an “honorable mention” for the Erminie Wheeler-Voegelin Prize awarded by the American Society for Ethnohistory for the best book-length work in the field of ethnohistory published in 2006.
• Forbidden Lands received an “honorable mention” for the 2007 Warren Dean Prize, awarded semi-annually by the Conference on Latin American History for the best book or article on Brazilian history
• Fulbright Lecturing/Research Grant, Universidade Federal de São João del Rei, Minas Gerais, Brazil, 2005.
• Albert J. Beveridge Grant for Research, American Historical Association, 2003.
• National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, John Carter Brown Library, Brown University, Providence, RI, 2001-2.


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