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Molly Ball

  • History Lecturer

PhD, University of California, Los Angeles, 2013

449 Rush Rhees Library
(585) 276-7184

Office Hours: M 1:30pm-2:30pm, F 9:30am-10:30am

Curriculum Vitae


Global History

Research Overview

My primary research interests focus on how the intersection of gender, immigration, race and class manifested in the early-twentieth century Brazilian labor market.  My book, Navigating Life and Work in Old Republic São Paulo (University of Florida Press, 2020), combines new economic history and social history analysis to examines ​how working-class individuals and families adapted to labor market discrimination and the large economic and social changes brought by World War I and (im)migration. ​I am particularly interested in examining differences along ethnic, national, racial and gender lines and in exploring how the working class as a whole affected larger events. My ​current research interests also examine ​these lived experiences within Brazil and throughout the region during the twentieth century. This research focuses on exploring neonatal birth outcomes and gestation experiences to explore quality of life through a gendered lens.

More broadly, I my research explores dialogues how the (im)migration and (im)migrant experience impacts and shapes adaptation and identity formation. While my current research explores these questions within Latin America, I espouse a transnational approach to migration studies.

Courses Offered (subject to change)

  • HIST 150:  Colonial Latin America, Syllabus
  • HIST 151:  Modern Latin America, Syllabus
  • HIST 153:  History of Brazil (1500-2009), Syllabus
  • HIST 155:  Film as History: Modern Latin America, Syllabus
  • HIST 252:  Immigration in the Americas, Syllabus
  • HIST 254:  Big Business in Brazil, Syllabus
  • HIST 351:  The Birth of the Modern Latin America City, Syllabus

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Navigating Life and Work in Old Republic São Paulo book cover.

Selected Publications

  • Navigating Life and Work in Old Republic São Paulo. University of Florida Press, December 2020.