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Alan McPherson

Alan McPherson

ConocoPhillips Petroleum Chair of Latin American Studies
International and Area Studies
Farzaneh Hall, Room 206
Phone: 405-325-1404


Alan McPherson is Professor of International and Area Studies, ConocoPhillips Petroleum Chair of Latin American Studies, and Director of the Center for the Americas.  He teaches courses in Latin American Studies and U.S. international relations and specializes in U.S.-Latin American relations. 

A historian by training, Professor McPherson is the author of The Invaded: How Latin Americans and their Allies Fought and Ended U.S. Occupations (Oxford University Press, 2014), which was awarded the 2015 Ellis W. Hawley Prize from the Organization of American Historians, the 2015 Murdo J. MacLeod Book Prize in the Latin American and Caribbean Section from the Southern Historical Association, and the 2014 William Leo Grande Prize from American University.


He also wrote Yankee No! Anti-Americanism in U.S.-Latin American Relations (Harvard University Press, 2003), which won the A. B. Thomas Award for Best Book of the Year from the Southeastern Council on Latin American Studies and was named Outstanding Academic Title for 2004 by Choice Magazine. He has since published eight more books. The first, Intimate Ties, Bitter Struggles: The United States and Latin America since 1945 (Potomac Books, 2006) is a concise, up-to-date narrative with primary documents. The second is an edited volume titled Anti-Americanism in Latin America and the Caribbean (Berghahn Books, 2006). The third, co-edited with Ivan Krastev, is titled The Anti-American Century (Central European University Press, 2007). The fourth is The Encyclopedia of U.S. Military Interventions in Latin America (ABC-CLIO, 2013). The fifth is The World and U2: One Band’s Remaking of Global Activism (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015). McPherson co-edited Beyond Geopolitics: New Histories of Latin America at the League of Nations (University of New Mexico Press, 2015) with Yannick Wehrli in addition to contributing to the volume. The seventh book is A Short History of US Military Interventions in Latin America and the Caribbean (Wiley-Blackwell, In press). The final book, for which McPherson served as general editor, is The SHAFR Guide: An Annotated Bibliography of United States Foreign Relations Since 1600 (Brill, Forthcoming).

He has also appeared as a commentator on television and has published op-ed pieces, book chapters, and book reviews broadly. His refereed articles have appeared in The American Historical Review, The Americas, the Latin American Research Review, Diplomatic History, the Brown Journal of World Affairs, Diplomacy and Statecraft, and Gender and History. He has presented at over one hundred national and international conferences ranging from Prague, Budapest, and Beirut to San Juan, Veracruz, and Santo Domingo. 

Professor McPherson trained at the Université de Montréal (B.A. 1994), San Francisco State University (M.A. 1996), and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Ph.D. 2001). 

He has been a fellow of the U.S. Social Science Research Council and the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. He has won two Fulbright awards, to the Dominican Republic in 2006 and to Argentina in 2012. His research has also been supported by various grants at Howard University, where he taught from 2001 to 2008, as well as grants from the Herbert Hoover Library, the Franklin Roosevelt Library, Duke University and the University of North Carolina, and the University of Florida. In 2010 he was a Fellow of Harvard University's David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. He lectures part-time at the Foreign Service Institute in Arlington, Virginia.