Klein, Herbert

Gouveneur Morris Professor Emeritus of History, Latin America


B.A. — University of Chicago, 1957
M.A. — University of Chicago, 1959
Ph.D. — University of Chicago, 1963


Interests and Research

Herbert S. Klein, Gouveneur Morris Professor Emeritus of History, specializes in the social, demographic, and economic history of Latin America. He received his B.A. from the University of Chicago in 1957 and his Ph.D. from Chicago in 1963. He is the author of some 20 books and 165 articles in several languages on Latin America and on comparative themes in social and economic history. Among these books are four comparative studies of slavery, the most recent of which are African Slavery in Latin America and the Caribbean (1986, 2d ed. Co-authored, 2007), The Atlantic Slave Trade (1999, 2d ed 2010), and Slavery and the Economy of São Paulo, 1750-1850 (co-author) (2003), and Slavery in Brazil (co-author, 2009) as well as four books on Bolivian history, the latest of which is Haciendas and Ayllus: Rural Society in the Bolivian Andes in the 18th and 19th Centuries (1993) and A Concise History of Bolivia (2003, 2d ed 2011). He has also published on such diverse themes as The American Finances of the Spanish Empire, 1680-1809 (1998), A Population History of the United States (2004) and most recently co-authored, Hispanics in the United States, 1980-2005 (2009). His long-term interests are in comparative economic and social history, and he is currently working on 20th century social change in Latin America and the United States. Aside from courses on Latin America, he gave classes on Quantative Methods in Historical Research and Demographic History. He has taught full terms as well at the Universities of Toronto, Buenos Aires, La República in Uruguay (two terms in different years), Universidad de San Andrés (Argentina). and Univerisdade de São Paulo (several terms); as well as the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; L'École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris) (two terms in different years); Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Universidade Federal de Paran, the Colegio de México and at the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés in La Paz, Bolivia. He has been a Guggenheim fellow, a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, a Fulbright Lecturer several times and was a post-doctoral fellow at Yale and Oxford; and since 2003 is editor of the Latin American monograph series of Cambridge University Press. He was also a Professor of History, and Director of the Center for Latin American Studies at Stanford University for six years , and is currently a Research Fellow and the Latin American Curator at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, as well as a visiting scholar at the California Center for Population Research, UCLA.