Ian Olivo Read

Ian Olivo Read, PhD

Faculty - Full-Time
Ian Read
Professor of Latin American Studies

I am a dedicated scholar-teacher and writer. My publications have mostly concerned the historical interplay of egalitarianism and the ability to create value and self-determination in diverse social structures. My first book was a historical and sociological examination of slavery and the way that oppression operates through hierarchies. My current research explores the history of disease, race, and post-colonial societies in Latin America.

  • PhD Department of History, Stanford University
  • MA Program of Social Sciences, University of Chicago
  • BA International Studies, DePaul University
  • Career 100
  • Introduction to Latin American Studies 
  • Introduction to the Pacific Basin
  • US-Latin American Relations 
  • Brazil, Mexico and the Nation 
  • Political Economy of Latin America 
  • The Americas in the Era of Slavery
  • Plagues and Peoples
  • Advanced field study courses on Brazil
  • History of Brazil and Latin America
  • History of disease
  • Slavery and race in the Americas
  • The Shapes of Epidemics and Global Disease, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2020 (co-edited with Andrea Patterson)
  • “An Epidemic among Indigenous Children in Venezuela,” Latin American Perspectives, vol. 44, no. 6, July 2017
  • “Latin America: A Living and Changing Artifact.” In The Pacific Basin: An Introduction, edited by Shane J. Barter and Michael Weiner, 56-68. New York: Routledge, 2017 (co-written with Sarah England).
  • “State building, Disease, and Public Health.” In The Pacific Basin: An Introduction, edited by Shane J. Barter and Michael Weiner, 158-67. New York: Routledge, 2017 (co-written with Michael Weiner).
  • “An Epidemic among Indigenous Children in Venezuela,” Latin American Perspectives vol. 44, no. 6, July 2017.
  • “Do Diseases Talk? Writing the Cultural and Epidemiological History of Disease in Latin America,” Latin American Perspectives, scheduled for publication in May 2016.
  • “Freedom for Too Few: Slave Runaways in the Brazilian Empire” Journal of Social History, Vol. 48, No. 2, 2014 [co-authored with Kari Zimmerman].
  • The Hierarchies of Slavery in Santos, Brazil, 1822-1888, Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2012.
  • “A Triumphant Decline? Tetanus among Slaves and Freeborn in Brazil.” História, Ciências, Saúde – Manguinhos, Rio de Janeiro: Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Vol.19, December 2012.
  • “Off the Block but in the Neighborhood: Local Slave Trading in São Paulo.” Slavery and Abolition, Routledge, March, vol. 33, n. 1, March 2012.
  • “Sickness and Recovery among the Enslaved and Free of Santos County Brazil, 1860-1880,” The Americas, The Academy of American Franciscan History, Vol. 66, No. 1, June 2008.
  • “Bankers, Industrialists, and their Cliques: Networks and Institutions in Mexico and Brazil (1890-1910)” Enterprise and Society, Oxford University Press, Vol. 8, No. 3, Dec. 2007 [co-authored with Aldo Musacchio].
  • “Banana Boats and Baby Food: The Banana in US History,” in Steven Topik, Carlos Marichal and Zephyr Frank, editors, From Silver to Cocaine: Latin American Commodity Chains and the Building of the World Economy, 1500-2000. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2006, [co-authored with Marcelo Bucheli].
  • 2008-present, Associate Professor of Latin American Studies, Soka University of America
  • 2007-2008, Instructor, Department of History, University of California Berkeley
  • 2006-2007, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Puget Sound
  • 2003-2006, Lecturer, Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity and the Department of History, Stanford University
  • American Council for Learned Societies Fellowship, 2016
  • Professor of the Year Award (one of two awards), 2012
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Digital Fellowship, 2008
  • Louis Hanke Post-Doctoral Publication award, 2008
  • William R. Cline History Fellowship Fund, 2007
  • Giles Whiting Fellowship, 2005
  • Fulbright-Hays, 2004
  • Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship, 2003
  • Stanford Graduate Research Office, 2002