Daniel McDonald


Daniel McDonald is a Lecturer in the Department of Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies at Dartmouth College. He is a historian of modern Latin America and Brazil with a particular focus on citizenship, cities, migration, social movements, and the environment as well as the digital and public humanities. He received his Ph.D. in Latin American and Caribbean History from Brown University in October 2020.

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  • Ph.D. Brown University
  • M.A. Brown University
  • B.A. University of Massachusetts Amherst

Selected Publications

  • "Making the 'Citizen Constitution': Popular Participation in the Brazilian Transition to Democracy" The Americas (forthcoming October 2022)

    "The Origins of Informality in a Brazilian Planned City: Belo Horizonte, 1889-1900." Journal of Urban History 47:1, 29-49. [link]

    "Brazil's Vaccinated Democracy: The Life and Times of Zé Gotinha," ReVista: Harvard Review of Latin America [link]

    "Democracy can be rebuilt after dictatorship — if the people build it," Washington Post, December 6, 2021 [link]

Works In Progress

Peripheral Citizenship: Urban Grassroots Movements and the Making of Modern Brazil. Under contract with the University of California Press.

Co-editor, "Rethinking the Brazilian Transition to Democracy," edited thematic edition of Latin American Perspectives (accepted, CFP forthcoming).

"São Paulo Rising: The Right to Health and Grassroots Movements in Authoritarian Brazil" (article manuscript, revise and resubmit)

"Grassroots Archives: Memory, Dictatorship and the City" (article manuscript under review)

"Drawing Quotidian Revolutions: Popular Comics in Urban Brazil" (article in progress)