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Department of History

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phone: 615-322-3328
100 Benson Hall

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no office hours summer 2017


PhD, UCLA, 1981

Curriculum Vitae

Marshall C. Eakin

Professor of History
Faculty Director, Ingram Scholarship Program

Marshall Eakin is a historian of Latin America specializing in the history of Brazil. Although his work spans all of Brazilian history, his major publications have concentrated on the processes of nationalism and nation-building, economic and business history, and industrialization—primarily in the twentieth century. His first book, British Enterprise in Brazil: The St. John d’el Rey Mining Company and the Morro Velho Gold Mine, 1830-1960 (Duke, 1989), traces the history of the most successful foreign enterprise in 19th- and 20th-century Brazil. Tropical Capitalism: The Industrialization of Belo Horizonte, Brazil (Palgrave, 2001) examines the industrialization of the second-largest industrial center in Brazil. Much of his work addresses audiences beyond the academy. This work includes Brazil: The Once and Future Country (St. Martin’s, 1997), a one-volume introduction to Brazil for beginners and two video courses with the Great Courses, The Conquest of the Americas and The Americas in a Revolutionary Era. His more recent book is The History of Latin America: Collision of Cultures (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007). Eakin’s latest book project is “Shadows in the Soul: Brazilian Identity in the Twentieth Century” with a likely publication in late 2014.

The recipient of two Fulbright-Hayes fellowships and grants from the Tinker Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Tennessee Humanities Council, and the Corporation for National Service, Eakin has been the recipient of numerous teaching and advising awards: the Jeffrey Nordhaus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (1991), the Chancellor’s Cup (1994), the Madison Sarratt Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (1994), the Ernest A. Jones Faculty Adviser Award (1996), the Alumni Education Award (1999), and a Chair of Teaching Excellence (1998-2001). In 2004-2005 he held the Joe B. Wyatt Distinguished Professorship.

Eakin has taught a wide variety of courses in history and Latin American studies at all levels from first-year to Ph.D. students. These include Colonial and Modern Latin America, Brazilian Civilization, Visions of Amazonia, Reform and Revolution in Latin America, and the History Workshop. On several occasions he has offered courses for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and the Masters in Liberal Arts program. He has team taught courses with faculty in Engineering, Divinity, and Peabody College. Over the past fifteen years he has been deeply involved in service-learning courses and programs.

Eakin became the Faculty Director of the Ingram Scholarship Program in August 2009. The program sponsors students who demonstrate a willingness and ability to combine a successful business or professional career with a lifelong commitment to finding solutions to critical societal problems.

Marshall Eakin has taught at Vanderbilt since 1983.