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Amy Chazkel is Associate Professor of History at Queens College of the City University of New York and the CUNY Graduate Center. A specialist in modern (nineteenth- and twentieth-century) Brazil, she teaches courses in various fields that include Latin American history, urban history, law and society in Latin America, historical methodology, and comparative slavery. She is the author of Laws of Chance: Brazil's Clandestine Lottery and the Making of Modern Public Life in Brazil (Duke University Press, 2011), a study of petty crime, urban culture, and the historical roots of the informal sector in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Brazil. Other recent publications include articles on the history of penal institutions, police museums, and illicit gambling in modern Brazil, and a co-edited double issue of the Radical History Review that explores the privatization of common property in global perspective. Her ongoing research includes a book in progress on nineteenth-century Rio de Janeiro and a co-edited collection of primary source documents on the city of Rio de Janeiro from the sixteenth century to the present.  She has pursued her interest in the cultural and social context of the law both in her scholarship and as a research assistant and Portuguese-English interpreter in the Yale Law School Immigration Law Clinic and various human rights organizations. She has held postdoctoral and faculty fellowships and visiting scholar positions at the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition at Yale, the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard, the Institute for Latin American Studies/ Center for Brazilian Studies at Columbia, and the Center for the Humanities and the Center for Place, Culture and Politics at CUNY. She is a member of the Radical History Review Editorial Collective and presently serves as Co-Chair of the collective. As a Bildner Center faculty fellow, she has participated in numerous conferences and panel discussions and has organized public events related to Latin American studies.

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