Academic Appointments


  • Professor, History
  • Professor (By courtesy), Iberian and Latin American Cultures

Administrative Appointments


  • Professor, Stanford (2015 - Present)
  • Director, Program on Urban Studies, Stanford University (2013 - Present)
  • Visiting Associate Professor, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil (2012 - 2012)
  • Associate Professor, Stanford University (2008 - Present)
  • Assistant Professor, Stanford University (2000 - 2008)
  • Lecturer, Illinois State University (1999 - 2000)

Honors & Awards


  • Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (2016-17)
  • Dean's Award, Distinguished Achievements in Teaching, Stanford University (2008)
  • Graves Award, Excellence in Humanities Teaching, administered by Pomona College in conjunction with the ACLS (2008)
  • Conference Prize, Conference on Latin American History (2006)
  • Strugis Leavitt Award, Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies (2006)
  • Robertson Prize, Conference ofLatin American History (2005)
  • Office of Technology Licensing Research Initiative Award, Stanford, $18,900 (2001-02)
  • Dissertation Research Fellowship, Fulbright-Hays, Brazil (1997)
  • Graduate College Fellow, University of Illinois (1996)
  • FLAS Title VI Fellowship (Portuguese), University of Illinois (1993-95)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations


  • Founding Director, Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis, Stanford University (2012 - 2016)
  • Director, Spatial History Project, Stanford University (2010 - Present)
  • Core participant, Stanford Spatial History Project, funded by the Andrew Mellon Foundation and the Office of the Dean of Humanities and Sciences. (2007 - 2012)
  • Member of selection committee, American Council of Learned Societies, Digital Innovation Fellowship Program (2013 - 2014)
  • Thesis Prize Committee, Centro de Pesquisa em Historia Social da Cultura, UNICAMP, Brazil (2009 - 2009)
  • Organizer, Poverty and Inequality in Latin America, Center for Latin American Studies, Stanford University (2006 - 2006)
  • Organizer, Terrain of History, Stanford Humanities Center (2006 - 2006)
  • Affiliated faculty member, Urban Studies Program, Stanford University (2006 - Present)
  • Affiliated faculty member, Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity, Stanford University (2007 - Present)
  • Affiliated faculty member, Woods Institute for the Environment (2009 - 2011)
  • Member of Editorial Board, Cadernos de Historia (academic journal, Belo Horizonte, Brazil)
  • Screener, SSRC International Dissertation Research Fellowships (2005 - 2005)
  • Screener, SSRC International Dissertation Research Fellowships (2008 - 2008)
  • Manuscript reviewer, University of New Mexico Press, Yale University Press, and Stanford University Press
  • Article Reviewer, Business History Review, Journal of Latin American Studies, Comparative Studies in Society and History, and Revista de Hist6ria Economica
  • Co-director, with Richard Roberts, Court Records and Humanities," an interactive digital archive project in the Stanford Humanities Laboratory (2003 - Present)
  • Commentator, Hewlett-Brazil Workshop, University of Illinois (2001 - 2001)
  • Commentator, Political Culture in the Andes, a NEH conference held at the University of Illinois (2000 - 2000)
  • Director, Program on Urban Studies (2013 - Present)
  • Chair, Digital Humanities Faculty Search (DLCL & English) (2013 - Present)
  • Director, Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (2012 - Present)
  • Appointed member, ad-hoc committee on online learning, VPOL (2012 - 2013)
  • Appointed member, SUES subcommittee on breadth (2011 - 2012)
  • Appointed member, C-ACIS (2011 - Present)
  • Member, Committee in Charge, Program in Modern Thought and Literature (2011 - Present)
  • Elected member, Faculty Senate, Stanford University (2010 - 2012)
  • Executive Committee member, Urban Studies Program, Stanford University (2010 - Present)
  • Board member, Latin American Studies Center, Stanford University (2006 - Present)
  • Director, Honors Program in History, Department of History, Stanford University (2001 - 2003)
  • Selection Committee, External and Internal Faculty Fellowships, Stanford Humanities Center (2010 - 2010)
  • Selection Committee, Graduate Fellowships, Stanford Humanities Center (2006 - 2006)
  • Book prize committee, AHA-Pacific Coast Branch, 2006-08; Rocky Mountain Conference on Latin American Studies (2006 - 2007)
  • Member, Latin American History search committee, Stanford University (2002 - 2003)
  • Faculty supervisor, Summer Honors College (2002 - 2002)
  • Faculty supervisor, Summer Honors College (2003 - 2003)
  • Faculty supervisor, Summer Honors College (2004 - 2004)
  • Co-director, Empires and Cultures Workshop, Stanford Humanities Center (2001 - 2005)
  • Member, History Department Policy Committee, Stanford University (2002 - 2003)
  • Undergraduate Studies Committee, Department of History, Stanford University (2000 - 2002)
  • Undergraduate Studies Committee, Department of History, Stanford University (2005 - 2006)
  • Conference organizer, Latin America and Global Trade," Social Science History Institute, Stanford University (2001 - 2001)
  • Secretary, Department of History, Stanford University (2000 - 2001)
  • Graduate Admissions Committee, Latin American Studies Center, Stanford University (2001 - 2001)
  • Graduate Admissions Committee, Latin American Studies Center, Stanford University (2007 - 2007)
  • Undergraduate Honors Thesis Advisor for students in History, Latin American Studies, and International Relations
  • Member or chair, doctoral examination committees in History and Political Science
  • Honors Award Committee, Department of History, Stanford University (2001 - 2001)
  • Honors Award Committee, Department of History, Stanford University (2002 - 2002)
  • Member, Feminist Studies Resource Faculty (2000 - Present)
  • Member, American Historical Association
  • Member, Economic History Association
  • Member, Economic History Society
  • Member, Mexican Economic History Association
  • Member, Brazilian Studies Association
  • Corresponding Member, Instituto Historico e Geognifico de Mato Grosso

Program Affiliations


  • Center for Latin American Studies

Professional Education


  • Fellow, Stanford Humanties Center (2004)
  • Ph.D., University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, History (1999)

Projects


  • Media Places, Umeå University

    Collaboration with HUMlab, Umeå University, Sweden, Wallenberg Network Initiative. Supports digital humanities research and postdoctoral scholar exchange with Swedish institutions.

    Location

    Sweden

    Collaborators

    • Franco Moretti, Danily C. and Laura Louise Bell Professor and Professor of Comparative Literature and, by courtesy, of German Studies, Stanford University
  • Historical Demography of the Rio das Mortes, Brazil, Federal University of Minas Gerais

    Project seeks to reconstruct the demography of a region in Minas Gerais, Brazil, during the period 1700-1900. Collaboration with scholars at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

    Location

    Brazil

    Collaborators

    • Douglas Libby, Professor, UFMG
  • Interdisciplinary Studies in Transportation, Mobility, and Political Change in Brazil and the USA, Stanford University (9/1/2014 - Present)

    Project funded by the REVS program, Stanford University. Study of transportation infrastructure in Brazil and USA in comparative perspective with a focus on the interaction between automobility and political change.

    Location

    Brazil

    Collaborators

    • Jonathan Rodden, Professor of Political Science and Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University
    • Clayton Nall, Assistant Professor, Stanford University

2017-18 Courses


All Publications


  • Naming Practices in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-century Brazil: Names, Namesakes, and Families in the Parish of Sao Jose, Minas Gerais JOURNAL OF FAMILY HISTORY Libby, D. C., Frank, Z. 2015; 40 (1): 64-91
  • An historical land conservation analysis in the San Francisco Bay Area, USA: 1850-2010 LANDSCAPE AND URBAN PLANNING Santos, M. J., Thorne, J. H., Christensen, J., Frank, Z. 2014; 127: 114-123
  • Review of The Laws of Chance Journal of Social History Chazkel, A. 2013; 47 (1)
  • Entre ricos e pobres o mundo de Antonio Jose Dutra no Rio de Janeiro oitocentista Frank, Z. Sao Paulo: Editora Annablume. 2012
  • Risk, Incentives, and Contracts: Partnerships in Rio de Janeiro, 1870-1891 JOURNAL OF ECONOMIC HISTORY Abramitzky, R., Frank, Z., Mahajan, A. 2010; 70 (3): 686-715
  • The Slave Market in Rio de Janeiro circa 1869: Movement, Context, and Social Experience the Journal of Latin American Geography Frank, Z. 2010; 9 (2)
  • Review of The Forbidden Lands Hispanic American Historical Review Langfur, H. 2010; 90 (3)
  • Returning to the Parish Registers of Colonial Minas Gerais: ethnicity in Sao Jose do Rio das Mortes, 1780-1810 REVISTA BRASILEIRA DE HISTORIA Libby, D. C., Frank, Z. 2009; 29 (58): 383-415
  • Voltando aos registros paroquiais de Minas colonial: etnicidade em Sao Jose do Rio das Mortes, 1780-1810 Revista Brasileira de Historia Frank, Z. 2009; 29 (58): 383-415
  • Exploring International Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration in the Americas Frank, Z. 2008
  • Layers, flows and intersections: Jeronymo Jose de Mello and artisan life in Rio de Janeiro, 1840s-1880s JOURNAL OF SOCIAL HISTORY Frank, Z. 2007; 41 (2): 307-?
  • The Partnership Puzzle: Business Partnerships in Rio de Janeiro, 1870-1891 paper presented to the VonGremp Economic History Workshop, UCLA Frank, Z. 2007
  • Cities and wealth in the South Atlantic: Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro before 1860 COMPARATIVE STUDIES IN SOCIETY AND HISTORY Johnson, L. L., Frank, Z. 2006; 48 (3): 634-668
  • Conclusion: Commodity Chains and Globalization in Historical Perspective From Silver to Cocaine Marichal, C., Topok, S. edited by Marichal, Topik, Frank Duke University Press. 2006: 352–360
  • Stature in Nineteenth-Century Rio de Janeiro: Preliminary Evidence from Prison Records Revista de Historia Economica: Journal of Iberian and Latin American Economic History Frank, Z. 2006; 24 (3): 465-490
  • From Silver to Cocaine Latin American Commodity Chains and the Building of the World Economy, 1500-2000 edited by Marichal, C., Topik, S. Durham: Duke University Press. 2006
  • Review of Stringing Together a Nation Hispanic American Historical Review Diacon, T. 2006; 86 (3)
  • Introduction: Commodity Chains in Theory and in Latin American History From Silver to Cocaine Marichal, C., Topok, S. edited by Marichal, Topik, Frank Duke University Press. 2006: 1–24
  • Brazil in the International Rubber Trade, 1870-1930 From Silver to Cocaine Musacchio, A. edited by Marichal, Topik, Frank Duke University Press. 2006: 271–299
  • Review of Native Capital: Financial Institutions and Economic Development in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 1850-1920 Business History Review Hanley, A. 2006; 80 (3)
  • Rentiers and Renters: The Urban Property Market in Rio de Janeiro Poverty and inequality in Latin America Frank, Z. 2006
  • Of Birth and Bondage Working Paper for the Early Modem History Workshop Libby, D. 2006
  • Exploring parish registers in colonial Minas Gerais, Brazil: Ethnicity in Sao Jose do Rio das Mortes, 1780-1810 COLONIAL LATIN AMERICAN HISTORICAL REVIEW Libby, D., Frank, Z. 2005; 14 (3): 213-244
  • Wealth holding in southeastern Brazil, 1815-60 HAHR-HISPANIC AMERICAN HISTORICAL REVIEW Frank, Z. 2005; 85 (2): 223-257
  • Wealth Holding in Southeastern Brazil Hispanic American Historical Review Frank, Z. 2005; 85 (2): 221-255
  • Dutra's World Wealth and Family in Nineteenth-Century Rio de Janeiro Frank, Z. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press. 2004
  • Review of Within Her Power: Propertied Women in Colonial Virginia The Journal of Economic History Sturtz, L. L. 2003; 63 (3)
  • Review of Labour Relations and Industrial Performance in Brazil: Greater Sao Paulo, 1945-60 The Journal of Economic History Colistete, R. 2002; 62 (2)
  • The International Natural Rubber Market, 1870-1930 Frank, Z., Musacchio, A. edited by Whaples, R. 2002
  • Review of The Many and the Few Journal of Interdisciplinary History Sabato, H. 2002; 33 (4)
  • Exports and inequality: Evidence from the Brazilian frontier, 1870-1937 JOURNAL OF ECONOMIC HISTORY Frank, Z. L. 2001; 61 (1): 37-58
  • Review of Banking and Economic Development: Brazil 1889-1930 The Journal of Economic History Triner, G. 2001; 61 (4)
  • Elite families and oligarchic politics on the Brazilian frontier: Mato Grosso, 1889-1937 LATIN AMERICAN RESEARCH REVIEW Frank, Z. L. 2001; 36 (1): 49-74