Assistant Professor, History & Society

Gurley Hall, Troy
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Patricia Acerbi earned her BA at Union College, her MA at the University of Arizona, and her Ph.D. in History at the University of Maryland, College Park. She has taught courses at Sage including Colonial and Modern Latin America, Slavery in the Americas, Women in Developing Countries, and Senior Seminar, in which students develop their undergraduate thesis.

Dr. Acerbi has won a number of awards for her research and scholarship including:

  • Fulbright-IIE Fellowship
  • National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Stipend
  • Schacht Faculty Research Grant, The Sage Colleges
  • Best Dissertation Award, New England Council of Latin American Studies
  • Arnold Hirsch Award for Best Article, Urban History Association

She is currently working on her book manuscript, Street Occupations: Urban Vending in Rio de Janeiro, 1850-1925.

Selected Publications

 “‘A Long Poem of Walking’: Flâneurs, Vendors, and Chronicles of Post-abolition Rio de Janeiro.” Journal of Urban History Vol. 40, No. 1 (January 2014): 97-115.

  • Arnold Hirsch Award for Best Article, Urban History Association

“The Roots of Street Commerce Regulation in the Urban Slave Society of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil” Urban Street Vending in the Neoliberal City: A Global Perspective on the Practices and Policies of a Marginalized Economy, edited by Kristina Graaff and Noa Ha. New York/Oxford: Berghahn Books, Forthcoming 2015.