Teaching Fellows

Erin McCullugh

Teaching Fellow in the Social Sciences Erin McCullugh

Erin McCullugh

Teaching Fellow in the Social Sciences

Erin McCullugh is a Teaching Fellow in the Social Sciences whose research focuses on slavery and gender in Latin America and the Atlantic World. Her current book manuscript, The Libidinous Commerce: Race, Sexuality, and Slavery in Rio de Janeiro, 1850-1888, examines the intersection of gender, intimate labor, and slavery in nineteenth-century Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The book analyzes judicial cases, police correspondence, medical literature, and slave sale ads to illustrate how the institution of slavery helped facilitate a spectrum of intimate labor performed under force and coercion, with important implications for the broader histories of gender, race, and inequality in Brazil. Her research has been generously supported by the Fulbright Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship, the Foreign Language Acquisition Study Fellowship, and the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Chicago.

Erin’s research is the culmination of a long exploration of the lives of African and Afro-descended women in the Americas. These themes are also reflected in her teaching interests that include the history of Brazil; race and gender in Latin America; slavery and emancipation; Africa and the transatlantic slave trade; and the history of gender and sexuality in the Atlantic World.