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History Faculty

Dr. Anne MacphersonAnne Macphearson august 2010

Office: 327 Liberal Arts Building
Phone: 585.395.5683


  • Latin American and Caribbean History 


  • PhD University of Wisconsin - Madison, August 1998
  • MA University of Wisconsin - Madison, December 1992
  • BA Queen’s University (Honors) - Kingston, Ontario, May 1990
    History and Political Studies

Awards and Honors 

  • SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2010.
  • Association of Caribbean Historians' Elsa Goveia Prize for Best Book in Caribbean History, 2007-2008,
  • United University Professionals Drescher Pre-Tenure Leave, 2002.
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Fellowship Award (Government of Canada), 1993-94.
  • University of Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation Fellowship, 1992-93.
  • Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities, 1990-92.
  • Commonwealth Scholarship to the University of the West Indies in Mona, Jamaica, 1990 (declined) 

Courses Taught

  • The Modern World
  • Colonial Latin America
  • Modern Latin America
  • The Modern Caribbean
  • Women and Gender in Latin-American and Caribbean History - (crosslisted with Women and Gender Studies)
  • Latin America Regional Seminar


  • “Towards Decolonization: Impulses, Processes, and Consequences,” in Stephan Palmié and Francisco Scarano, eds. The Caribbean: An Illustrated History (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, forthcoming 2011)
  • From Colony to Nation: Women Activists and the Gendering of Politics in Belize, 1912-82 (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2007)
  • "Colonial Matriarchs: Garveyism, Maternalism, and Belize's Black Cross Nurses, 1920-1952," Gender and History (November 2003).
  • Citizens vs. Clients: Workingwomen and Colonial Reform in Puerto Rico and Belize, 1932-1945," Journal of Latin American Studies, vol.35 no.2 (May 2003).
  • Co-editor with Nancy Applebaum and Karin Rosemblatt, Race and Nation in Modern Latin America, (University of North Carolina Press, 2003.).
  • "Imagining the Colonial Nation: Gender, Race, and Middle Class Politics in Belize, 1888-98," in above anthology.
  • “Viragoes, Victims, and Volunteers: Female Creole Political Cultures in 19th-century Belize,” in Michael D. Phillips, ed. Belize: Selected Proceedings of the Second Interdisciplinary Conference (Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1996).
  • Editor, Backtalking Belize: Speeches and Writings of Assad Shoman, 1963-1995 (Belize: Angelus Press, 1995).

 Conferences and Presentations

  • “Anti-Colonial Women’s Activism in Belize, 1910s-1950s,” American Historical Association, San Diego CA, 8 January 2010.
  • “Caribbean Populisms – Gender in Puerto Rican and Belizean Populist Coalitions in the Mid-Twentieth Century,” Rethinking the Mangrove/Repensando el Manglar: Critical Practices in Caribbean Cultural Studies, University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez, 15 October 2009.
  • “Racial Inclusivity and Exclusivity in Belizean Women’s Politics, 1920s-1950s,” 53rd International Congress of Americanists, Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City, 22 July 2009.
  • Invited Talk, ““Pro-Colonial and Anti-Colonial Women Activists in 20th c. Belize,” Center for Latino and Latin American Studies and the African Diaspora Department speaker series, Depaul University, Chicago, 7 May 2009.
  • Invited Talk, “Doing Comparative Caribbean Women’s History: Belize and Puerto Rico,” Department of History’s Modern Latin America and Caribbean speaker series, Pennsylvania State University, 15 April 2009.
  • “Black Power in Belize: UBAD, Radical Masculinity and the Enabling of Belizean Feminism, 1969-80,” Association of Caribbean Historians, Jamaica, 10 May 2007.
  • “Commerce and Creolization in Havana and San Juan, 1509-1763,” New England Council of Latin American Studies Conference, Middlebury College, 28 October 2006.
  • Invited talk, "Gender and Decolonization," Caribbean History Speakers Series, University of Toronto, 21 September 2006.
  • Latin American Studies Association, Dallas, 28 March 2003: "Racialized Constructions of Nation in the British Caribbean and on Central America's Caribbean Coast," (part of round table on "Race and Nation in the Modern America's")
  • Berkshire Conference on Women's History, University of Connecticut at Storrs, 6-9 June 2002: "On the Eve of Nationalism: Gender, Race and Labor in Belize a Century after Emancipation" (Part of panel titled, "Empire, Freedom, Identity: Gender and Race in the Modern Caribbean")
  • Pairing Empires: Britian and America 1857-1947 Conference, Johns Hopkins University, 10-12 November 2000: "Colonial Reform, Colonial Hegemony: Gender and Labor in Belize and Puerto Rico, 1932-1945"

Current Projects

Since 2008 I have been researching gender, labor, and politics in Puerto Rico in the short but pivotal period 1938-40. I am interested in documenting the relationships among: 1) Puerto Rican working women, especially in needlework and tobacco processing; 2) island political parties, especially the new Popular Democratic Party led by Luis Muñoz Marín; and 3) the U.S. federal government, especially through the Fair Labor Standards Act, a key piece of New Deal legislation. I have done research in several Puerto Rican archives—in San Juan, Rio Piedras, and Mayagüez—and in the U.S, at the National Archives in D.C. and New York City, the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College, and the University of Virginia. I have presented my initial findings both on the island, at UPR-Mayagüez, and in the U.S., at Penn State.

Last Updated 7/31/14


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The Malik Lecture will be held on Thursday, February 12, 2015, at 7 pm at the Tower Fine Arts Center Mainstage.

The Robert Marcus Lecture will be held on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at 7:30 pm in the lecture hall (room 104) of the Liberal Arts Building.