Anne Macphearson august 2010

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Office: 327 Liberal Arts Building


  • 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

  • Summer Undergraduate Research Grants, 2010 (Casey O'Mara) and 2012 (Linda Webber)
  • Provost's Post-Tenure Research Fellowship, 2010
  • 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.

Courses Taught

  • Puerto Rico and Puerto Ricans: Colony, Nation, Race, Diaspora
  • Born in Blood and Fire: Latin American in the Age of Conquest and Empire
  • 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


  • "Birth of the U.S. Colonial Minimum Wage: The Struggle over the Fair Labor Standards Act in Puerto Rico, 1938-1941," Journal of American History 104:3 (December 2017), 656-680 (+ connected podcast).
  • "Elfreda Reyes" and "Vivian Seay", each a 1000-word entry in Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Franklin Knight, editors in chief, Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography (Oxford University Press and the W.E.B. DuBois Institute, 2016).
  • "Doing Comparative Caribbean (Gender) History: Puerto Rican and Belizean Working-Class Women, 1830s-1930s," Small Axe: A Journal of Caribbean Criticism 43 (March 2014): 72-86.
  • “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

  • Participant in roundtable: "Why Caribbean Women's History Matters," American Historical Association, Atlanta, 7 January 2016.
  • "'This Law Has Enflamed the Whole Island': The Fair Labor Standards Act in Puerto Rico, 1938-40," Association of Caribbean Historians 45th Annual Meeting, Belize, 14 May, 2013.
  • "Gringo-Rican? Robert Claiborne's Fight for the Fair Labor Standards Act in Puerto Rico, 1938-40," (with student Linda Webber), Puerto Rican Studies Association, Albany NY, 24 October 2012.
  • Invited Keynote Speaker: "Never a Coward Woman: Women and the Struggle for Belize's Independence," Belize at Thirty conference, National Institute for Culture and History, Belize City, 20 March 2012.
  • "Black Power in Belize: UBAD, Radical Masculinity, and the Enabling of Belizean Feminism, 1968-81," Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora, 4 November 2011.
  • Invited Talk, "Needleworkers and Tobacco Strippers: Puerto Rican Women Strike Back During the Great Depression," Caribbean Speaker Series, Buffalo State College, 7 October 2011.
  • "Working-Class Women, Populist Politics and New Deal Reform in Puerto Rico, 1938-40," New York State Latin American History Workshop, Binghamton University, 9 April 2011.
  • Commentator for Panel: "Building and Disciplining the National(ist) Body: Politics, Puerto Rico, and the Diaspora in the 1950s," Puerto Rican Studies Association, Hartford CT, 22 October 22, 2010.
  • “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 findings in Puerto Rico, the U.S., and at the Association of Caribbean Historians conference in Belize.

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