Jose Juan Perez Melendez

Assistant Professor of History

José Juan Pérez Meléndez is a historian of Latin America and the Atlantic who specializes on nineteenth-century Brazil. His research, which centers on political, business and migration history, has taken him to archival collections in Brazil, England, and Portugal. Before arriving at Davis, Prof. Pérez Meléndez completed a postdoctoral stay as a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence. He is currently writing a book, tentatively titled Peopling for Profit: Colonization and the Brazilian Empire, 1808-1878, which deals with the global and domestic lineaments of early migration policy in nineteenth-century Brazil.

Professor Pérez Meléndez earned his PhD in history at the University of Chicago and has taught in a range of educational settings including New York City public schools, the University of Chicago, and an associates degree program run by the Prison University Project at the San Quentin state prison, in San Rafael, California.