St John’s College, Cambridge University

The Kenneth Maxwell Collection at St. John’s College, Cambridge University consists collection of books covering colonial Brazil (with a emphasis on the 18th century, through the establishment of the Portuguese Court in Rio de Janeiro in 1808, until the recognition of Brazil's independence by Portugal in 1825); and on Portugal (covering the period from 1750, with a special focus on the rule of the Marques de Pombal. In addition, there is a contextual collection of books on colonial Latin America, books of maps and photographs of Brazil, and books concerning Atlantic history in the period of the American Revolution.

For a description of the Maxwell Collection by Professor Gabriel Paquette click The Eagle 2012 extract.pdf

St John’s has also announced a new Celso Furtado Fellowship which will bring a leading Brazilian historian or humanities scholar to Cambridge each year.


Harvard University
The Kenneth Maxwell Thesis Prize in Brazilian Studies was awarded for the first time in the Spring of 2005, and was established to recognise the best Harvard College senior thesis on a subject related to Brazil. Candidates may be nominated by their department/concentration/instructional committee, or candidates may nominate their own thesis. This annual prize is funded by a gift to The Rockerfeller Centre DRCLAS from Professor Kenneth Maxwell. The prize carries a monetary award of $500.The Kenneth Maxwell Summer Research Grant established by Harvard Rockefeller Center in honour of Professor Kenneth Maxwell and his life long commitment to Brazil and the study of its history. A $2,000 grant awarded annually to a graduate or professional school student for summer research in Brazil.

Princeton University
Kenneth Maxwell Senior Thesis Prize. The Program in Latin American Studies awarded for the best thesis related to Brazil. May be in any field or discipline. The Prize carries a monetary award of $500.

Princeton University Library Special Collections: "Documenting the Portuguese Revolution 1962-1994

The maxwell fund also finances purchases for Brazilian materials for the manuscript collection

Kenneth Maxwell Collection


Turning Point

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

O Globo Monthly Column

Thesis Prizes

Nasty Brutish and Short

Donald Trump's first overseas expedition as President of the United States took in the Middle East and Western Europe  He was warmly welcomed in Saudi Arabia and in Israel. He had an awkward meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican in Rome.
2017-05-25 by Kenneth Maxwell

In a highly globally interactive world, crises in one part not only have an impact elsewhere, but can have an unanticipated set of impacts.
This is clearly the case of Brazil and its deepening political crises, which given the importance of the Brazilian economy and global ties, will have accelerating impacts worldwide.
This has already been seen in France where an investigation is underway with regard to the impact of corruption in Brazil on a submarine contract.
This is hardly where President Macron would like to start his mandate, but many other global leaders will be waking up to the knock on consequences of the deepening Brazilian crisis.