Historias 33 – Lyman Johnson. Luminaries series.

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In the inaugural episode of our Luminaries series, Steven spoke with Dr. Lyman Johnson, professor emeritus of history at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Lyman’s impact on Latin American history is broad and deep. Along with Mark Burkholder, he is author of Colonial Latin America and is the founding editor of the Diálogos series from the University of New Mexico Press.

Lyman’s research agenda has earned him three NEH awards and three Fulbrights. His Workshop of Revolution: Plebeian Buenos Aires and the Atlantic World, 1776–1810 is the culmination of decades of research on the lives of non-elite in one of the most transformative epochs in the Americas.

Finally, his peers have recognized Lyman’s commitment to the field by awarding him the Distinguished Service Award from the Conference on Latin American History in 2015 and the Nason-Sadler Distinguished Service Award from Rocky Mountain Council of Latin American Studies in 2013.

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Additional resources:

Have we loved the book to death?” 2015 CLAH Distinguished Service Award Lecture

‘A Lack of Legitimate Obedience and Respect’: Slaves and Their Masters in the Courts of Late Colonial Buenos Aires,” Hispanic American Historical Review 87, no. 4 (2007), 631-657.

With Zephyr Frank, “Cities and Wealth in the South Atlantic: Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro before 1860,” Comparative Studies in Society and History 48, no. 3 (2006), 634-668.


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