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Nancy Naro

Professor Nancy Naro

Emeritus Professor

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Professor Nancy Naro is an Emeritus Professor of the Department of Portuguese. She started out as a health and community development volunteer in the slums of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil after graduating in Government and Spanish from Simmons College, Boston, Massachusetts (1964).

She was awarded a MA (1970-71) and a PhD in 1981 in Latin American History from the Department of History, Division of the Social Sciences, University of Chicago with a dissertation on the Praieira Revolt in Brazil, 1846-1849.

Nancy was a founding member, officer, and president of the Brazilian Association of American Studies (ABEA) (1984-1992), taught at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica, Rio de Janeiro (1976-1983) and at Universidade Federal Fluminense, Niterói, Brazil (1985-1995) and Colgate University.

She undertook postdoctoral research at the University of Pennsylvania before joining the Department of Portuguese, King’s College London (1996-2008) and the Institute of Latin American Studies, University of London (1998-2001).


  • Social movements in Brazil and Spanish America
  • The transition from slave to free labour in Brazil
  • Africans in Lisbon, Portugal: 1830-1880
  • Migrations: slavery and its legacy in the Lusophone Black Atlantic
  • Gender and space in rural Brazil
  • Police institutions in Rio de Janeiro, 19th and 20th centuries

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