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Professor of History

Brian Owensby is professor of history in the Corcoran Department of History at the University of Virginia.  His scholarly work has ranged from social and political history in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Brazil to legal and imperial history in seventeenth-century Mexico.  Current research includes historiography and historical theory from a Brazilian perspective and a book-length project on the Jesuit New World synthesis of the eighteenth century as a counterpoint to Eurocentric accounts of modernity.  He has taught a variety of courses large and small to undergraduates, including a Global History class, and is supervising several graduate students.  He served as chair of the Corcoran Department of History from 2009 to 2012.