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Sergio E. Pinto-Handler
Visiting Assistant Professor of International Studies
Phone: (860) 297-2518 Office Location: McCook 320
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Trinity College faculty member since 2018
General ProfileTeachingResearchPublications/PresentationsHonors/Awards
Ph.D., SUNY Stony Brook (2018)
M.A., SUNY Stony Brook (2015)
M.I.D., Univ. of Pittsburgh (2011)
B.A., Univ. of Pittsburgh (2008)

Sergio Pinto-Handler is a historian of slavery and emancipation in Latin America whose research focuses on the politics of abolition in late nineteenth century Rio de Janeiro. Sergio’s dissertation, “The Last Emancipation: Rio de Janeiro and the Atlantic History of Slavery & Abolition, 1880-1900,” examined how the leading intellectuals of Rio’s popular abolitionist movement tried to learn from an Atlantic-wide past, both to mobilize their supporters and to articulate a vision for Brazil after slavery. As Sergio moves his dissertation into a book manuscript, he will be connecting his study to broader questions about the limits of political resistance, the relevance of ideas to historical change, and the persistence of multiple forms of inequality. His research and teaching interests are broad, interdisciplinary and transnational. His work draws on a variety of techniques, using methods from economics, literary studies, communications, the social sciences, and psychology to explore and explain the past. In teaching a variety of courses in History and International Studies, Sergio uses this diverse skill-set to connect course material to the wide-ranging interests of students at Trinity.