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Gladys McCormick

Assistant Professor, History


Contact Information

510 Eggers Hall
(315) 443-9325


Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2009


Latin America and the Caribbean, 19th and 20th century Mexico


Book, The Logic of Compromise: Authoritarianism, Betrayal, and Revolution in Rural Mexico, 1935-1965. University of North Carolina Press, April 2016.
Article, “Looking for Truths in a Constructed Archive: The Case of Jacinto López and the Politics of Accommodation in Rural Mexico.” A ContraCorriente, Spring 2016.
Chapter, “The Forgotten Jaramillo: Building a Social Base of Support for Authoritarianism in Rural Mexico,” in Dictablanda: Politics, Work, and Culture in Mexico, 1938–1968.  Edited by Ben Smith and Paul Gillingham.  Duke University Press, 2014.
“Transnationalism: A Category of Analysis,” with Laura Briggs and JT Way.  Special Issue on Transnationalism, American Quarterly, September 2008.

Teaching Appointments

Current Position

Assistant Professor of History, Latin America and the Caribbean, Syracuse University

Prior Positions

Lecturer, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Teaching Assistant, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Research Interests

Modern Mexican history, political and economic history of Latin America and the Caribbean, corruption, drugs and drug trafficking, questions of historical memory and political violence, gender, and the experiences of rural peoples.  

Recent Invited Lectures

Conference Paper and Presentation, XIV International Reunion of Historians of Mexico, University of Chicago, “Orality and the Production of Truth in the Archive: The Case of Jacinto López,” September 20, 2014.
Conference Paper and Presentation, American Historical Association, Washington DC, “Looking for Jacinto López: Unearthing the Life of a Forgotten Hero in Mexico’s Secret Police Files,” January 2, 2014.
Invited Talk, William F. Tolley Faculty Dinner, Syracuse University, “The Practice of Oral History,” November 6, 2013.
Presenter and Panel Organizer, LASA San Francisco, “Preserving Social Peace in Rural Mexico: The Case of Puebla and the Limits of Popular Unrest in the 1940s,” May 25, 2012.
Invited Talk, Latino-Latin American Studies, Syracuse University, “Explaining Political Violence in Mid-Twentieth Century Rural Mexico,” March 26, 2012.
Invited Talk, Susquehanna University, “Fearless: Experiences of Latinos in Academia,” March 16, 2012.
Invited Talk, Katz Center for Mexican Studies, University of Chicago, “The Rural Beginnings of Mexico’s ‘Dirty War:’ The Cases of Morelos and Puebla during the 1950s,” January 31, 2012.
Invited Talk, Cornell University, “The Search for New Heroes in a Time of Betrayal in Mexico, 1962 and Beyond,” September 12, 2011.
Invited Talk, University of Montreal, “The Politics of State Terror in Rural Mexico and the Origins of the Dirty War," April 21, 2011.
Conference Paper and Presentation, American Historical Association, San Diego, “The Politics of Frustration in Rural Mexico,” January 9, 2010.
Invited Talk, Harvard University, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, “The Logic of Compromise: Popular Mobilizations and Political Representation in 1940s Rural Mexico,” February 18, 2010.

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