Alan McPherson is ConocoPhillips Petroleum Chair of Latin American Studies and Professor of International and Area Studies. 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). 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 four 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).
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 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 two dozen 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 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.
The Invaded: Battling U.S. Occupations in Latin America, Oxford University Press, (2014)