John D. Wirth

Professor Emeritus
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Wirth cultivated a wide range of interests during his scholarly career. His research included examinations of Inca and Aztec states, urban growth in Manchester and São Paulo, and Pan-American environmental politics.

Wirth earned a bachelor's degree from Harvard University in 1958 and a doctorate in Latin American history in 1967 from Stanford. His first book, The Politics of Brazilian Development, 1930-1954 , won the Bolton Prize in 1971 and his second, Minas Gerais in the Brazilian Federation, 1889-1937, won an honorable mention in 1978.

David Kennedy, the Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History, praised Wirth as an "extremely versatile" historian who was impressively developing a new area of expertise on Canada. Wirth, who had retired from Stanford earlier this month, had most recently turned his attention to the complex relationships between Canada, the United States and Mexico. He co-founded the North American Institute in Sa