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Gladys McCormick

Gladys McCormick

Contact Information:

gmccormi@syr.edu

315.443.2006

200 Eggers Hall

Gladys McCormick

Associate Professor, History Department


Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Maxwell School

Jay and Debe Moskowitz Endowed Chair in Mexico-U.S. Relations

Senior Research Associate, Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration

Advisory Board Member and Senior Research Associate, Program on Latin America and the Caribbean

Courses

  • 2024 Spring
    • PAI 700 Selected Topics - Cont. U.S.-Mexico Relations
    • HST 600 Selected Topics - Mexico-US Relations
  • 2022 Summer
    • PAI 670 Experience Credit
  • 2022 Spring
    • IRP 499 Honors Capstone Project
    • HST 600 Selected Topics - Contemporary Mexico-US Relatio
    • PAI 600 Selected Topics - Contemporary U.S.-Mexico Relat

Highest degree earned

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

Bio

Gladys McCormick’s research interests include the political and economic history of Latin America and the Caribbean, corruption, drug trafficking and political violence. She is the author of “The Last Door: Political Prisoners and the Use of Torture in Mexico's Dirty War," published in the journal The Americas in January 2017, and of the book "The Logic of Compromise: Authoritarianism, Betrayal, and Revolution in Rural Mexico, 1935-1965" (University of North Carolina Press, 2016).

She is currently working on two book projects: one detailing the history of torture in Mexico since the 1970s and the other a co-authored overview of drug trafficking in Latin America. She teaches a range of courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including survey courses on colonial, modern and contemporary Latin America, comparative revolutions, oral history methodologies, U.S.-Mexico relations and drugs and drug trafficking in Mexico.

McCormick recently became associate dean of diversity, equity and inclusion at the Maxwell school.

Areas of Expertise

Latin America and the Caribbean, nineteenth- and twentieth-century Mexico

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, the experiences of rural peoples.

Research Grant Awards and Projects

"IC Center for Academic Excellence: Syracuse University Adaptive, Diverse & Ethical IC Professionals: Partnership for Educational results (PER/SUADE):_Subproject for Institution # 30991", Sponsored by Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

"IC Center for Academic Excellence:Syracuse University Adaptive, Diverse & Ethical IC Professionals: Partnership for Education Results (PER/SUADE) 2022 - 2023:_Subproject for Institution # 30991", Sponsored by Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

"IC Center for Academic Excellence 2021 - 2022: Syracuse University Adaptive, Diverse & Ethical IC Professionals: Partnership for Educational Results (PER/SUADE):_Subproject for Institution # 30991", Sponsored by Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

"IC Center for Academic Excellence: Syracuse University Adaptive, Diverse & Ethical IC Professionals: Partnership for Educational Results (PER/SUADE)", Sponsored by Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)/DOD.

Selected Publications

  • Book
    • McCormick, G., The Logic of Compromise in Mexico: How the Countryside Was Key to the Emergence of Authoritarianism. University of North Carolina Press, 2016.
  • Journal Articles
    • McCormick, G., "The Last Door: Political Prisoners and the Use of Torture in Mexico’s Dirty War." The Americas, 2017.
    • McCormick, G., "Looking for Truths in a Constructed Archive: The Case of Jacinto López and the Politics of Accommodation in Rural Mexico." A ContraCorriente, 2016.
    • McCormick, G., Briggs, L. and Way, J. T., "Transnationalism: A Category of Analysis." American Quarterly, 2008.
    • McCormick, G., Didar-Sielaff, S., "The Medical Interpreter and the Police in the Emergency Room: Too Close for Comfort?." American Translators Association Chronicle, 2003.
  • Book Chapters
    • McCormick, G., "El secreto abierto: la guerra sucia en México y las raíces históricas de la impunidad." In Ensayos sobre desarrollo institucional y régimen político en México(Las Caras del Jano): noventa años del Partido Revolucionario Institucional. Laguna, R. B., Talanquer, M. S. (eds.) Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económica, 2020.
    • McCormick, G., "Torture and the Making of a Subversive during Mexico’s Dirty War." In México Beyond 1968: Revolutionaries, Radicals, and State Repression during the 1960s and 1970s. Pensado, J. M., Ochoa, E. C. (eds.) University of New Mexico Press, 2018.
    • McCormick, G., "The Forgotten Jaramillo: Building a Social Base of Support for Authoritarianism in Rural Mexico." In Dictablanda: Politics, Work, and Culture in Mexico, 1938–1968. Smith, B., Gillingham, P. (eds.) Duke University Press, 2014.
  • Book Manuscript Review
    • McCormick, G., "In the Vortex of Violence: Lynching, Extralegal Justice and the State in Post-Revolutionary Mexico." University of California Press, 2019.
  • Book Proposal Review
    • McCormick, G., "Crusaders: Nationalism, Anticommunism, and Right-Wing Politics in Cold War Mexico." University of Nebraska Press, 2023.
  • Book Reviews
    • McCormick, G., Correa-Cabrera, G., "Review of Los Zetas Inc.: Criminal Corporation, Energy, and Civil War in Mexico." The Americas, 2019.
    • McCormick, G., "Review of Holiday in Mexico: Critical Reflections on Tourism and Tourist Encounters." Berger, D., Wood, A. G. (eds.) Journal of Tourism History, 2010.
  • Commentaries
    • McCormick, G., Ackerman, E., Quarantine is Not One Size Fits All: The Case of Mexico. Center for Strategic and International Studies, 2020.
    • McCormick, G., Sandin, L., "Abrazos, no Balazos: Evaluating AMLO’s Security Initiatives." Center for Strategic and International Studies, 2019.
  • Journal Review
    • McCormick, G., "Mexican Anthropology and Inter-American Knowledge." Latin American Research Review, 2017.
  • Op-eds
    • McCormick, G., "A Dangerous Sanction Spectacle." Newsday, 2019.
    • McCormick, G., "Fox News' '3 Mexican Countries' gaffe perfectly sums up Trump's policies." The Hill, 2019.
    • McCormick, G., "There is nothing humanitarian about politicized aid to Venezuela." The Hill, 2019.
    • McCormick, G., "What the US can do to help Venezuela." US News and World Report, 2019.
    • McCormick, G., Remembering Mexico’s Dirty War 50 Years After Tlatelolco/Recordando la Guerra Sucia de México 50 años después de Tlatelolco. , 2018.
    • McCormick, G., "El Chapo: Drug Lord, Robin Hood, Hollywood Star." Univision, 2018.
    • McCormick, G., "How Mexico’s Ruling Party Keeps Its Grip on Power." Univision, 2018.
  • Op-Eds
    • McCormick, G., "The Wild Card in Mexico’s Drug War." Dallas Morning News, 2023.
    • McCormick, G., "Improving the Security Situation between the U.S.-Mexico." The Hill, 2021.
    • McCormick, G., "The Mexican Government’s Response to COVID-19 is Insufficient." The Hill, 2020.

Presentations and Events

CSISAmericas Program, "The Future of U.S. Counternarcotics Strategy: A Conversation with Dr. Rahul Gupta, Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy" (April, 2023)

Washington Office on Latin America, "Beyond ‘Soldiers as Police:’ The Military’s Growing Role in 21st Century Latino American Democracies" (November, 2021)

CSIS Americas Program, "Rethinking Security on the Road to the 2022 Summit of the Americas" (November, 2021)

Wilson Center Mexico Institute, "U.S.-Mexican Collaboration on Governance Efforts in Central America" (November, 2021)

CSIS Americas Program, "Establishing a Cybersecure North America" (October, 2021)

Government Accountability Office, "Transnational Criminal Organization and the Security Crisis in Mexico and Central America" (September, 2021)

Government Accountability Office, "Transnational Criminal Organizations and the Security Crisis in Mexico and Central America" (September, 2021)

CSISAmericas Program, "Limits and Potential for Mexican Assistance in Central America" (August, 2021)

"Immigration in Biden’s America" (April, 2021)

Future Professoriate Program Conference, Syracuse University’s Department of History, "Oral History Workshop" (April, 2021)

Vanderbilt, "The Drug War in Mexico" (April, 2021)

University of Maryland, "From Counter-Insurgency to Counter-Narcotics: The Case of Mexico" (October, 2020)

New York State Latin American History Workshop, SUNY Buffalo, "Real-time-mapping and Counterinsurgency in Colombia, 1960-1970" (October, 2020)

UNAM History Department, "Creating a Collective Memory out of Mexico’s Dirty War" (May, 2020)

Latin American Studies Association Congress, "Guatemala in Recent History" (May, 2020)

Maxwell Alumni Faculty Conversation, "Immigration in America Today" (April, 2020)

Center for Strategic and International Studies, "AMLO’s First Year in Office: Challenges and Opportunities" (December, 2019)

McCormick, G., French, P., Syracuse University, "Crisis in Venezuela" (October, 2019)

Maxwell School at Syracuse University, "Mexico’s Open Secret: From the Dirty War to the Drug War" (October, 2019)

SU Law School, Latin American Law Student Association, "Immigration Petition Process under Trump" (September, 2019)

SU Law School Orientation, "Memory, Oral History, and Making sense of Collective Trauma" (August, 2019)

McCormick, G., Bravo, C. R., Colgate University, "A Populist Turn? Shifting Challenges to Democracy in Mexico" (May, 2019)

University of Massachusetts Amherst, "The History of Torture in Mexico and the Rise of Impunity" (April, 2019)

Cornell University Center for International Studies and Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies, "The History of Torture in Mexico since 1970" (March, 2019)

Lemoyne College, "Zero Tolerance and US Immigration Policy towards Mexico" (March, 2019)

McCormick, G., Meyer, M., Syracuse University, "Addressing Violence and Impunity in the López Obrador Era" (February, 2019)

McCormick, G., Wilson, C., Syracuse University, "NAFTA to USMCA: Changing Trade Relations and their Political Consequences for the U.S., Mexico and Canada" (February, 2019)

American Historical Association, "The Brotherhood of Interrogators Inside the Mexican Government’s Counterinsurgency Torture Program in the 1970s" (January, 2019)

Previous Teaching Appointments

Current Position

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

Senior Associate, Center for Strategic and International Studies (Washington D.C.)

Honors and Accolades

Daniel Patrick Moynihan Award for Teaching and Research, Maxwell School, Syracuse University (2017)

2013-2014 Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Teaching Recognition Award, Syracuse University (2014)

Meredith Teaching Recognition Award, Syracuse University (2014)

History Scruggs Faculty Scholar, Syracuse University (2013)

Distinguished Teaching Assistant Award, History Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2005)

Program on Latin America and the Caribbean
346 Eggers Hall