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J.P. McSherry

J. Patrice McSherry

Professor of Political ScienceDirector of Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program

B.A., University of California, BerkeleyM.A., Ph.D., The Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY)


Dr. J. Patrice McSherry is an internationally known Latin Americanist who has traveled extensively in the region and has lived in Argentina, Uruguay, and Chile. She has closely observed the social movements of the region and has dedicated much study and analysis to the role of military and paramilitary forces. In 2001 McSherry taught a graduate mini-course on military politics at the Federal University of São Carlos in Brazil and in 2005 she gave several lectures on Operation Condor in Montevideo, Uruguay. After many years of focusing on state terror and military regimes in Latin America McSherry shifted in 2010 to a study of the relationships between Chilean New Song (La Nueva Canción) and the political and social movements of the 1960s and 1970s in Chile. She presented papers on her new research on La Nueva Canción in Santiago, Chile in 2011 and 2012.

McSherry is founding chair and Director of the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program at the LIU campus. She won LIU’s David Newton Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2008 and received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Political Science MA-Ph.D Program of the CUNY Graduate Center in 2009. She has been awarded several Fulbright grants (Argentina, 1992; Uruguay, 2005; Chile, 2011), and has authored several books and coedited another. She serves on the editorial board of the journal Social Justice. She was Associate Editor for Latin America for Journal of Third World Studies for thirteen years (1997-2010). McSherry worked with several international non-governmental organizations on human rights issues before graduate school.


Comparative Politics, Human Rights, International Relations, Latin American Politics, Role of the Military in Latin America, Operation Condor (Cold War Military Intelligence Network in Latin America), Music and Social-Political Movements in Chile


  • Co-editor, “The Iraq Papers” (2010)
  • Author, “Los Estados Depredadores: Operación Cóndor y la Guerra Encubierta en América Latina” (revised and translated, 2009)
  • Author, “Predatory States: Operation Condor and Covert War in Latin America” (2005)
  • Author, “Incomplete Transition: Military Power and Democracy in Argentina” (1997)
  • Guest co-editor, special edition of Social Justice (1999)
  • Author, some five dozen articles published in professional journals, other print media and book chapters

Lectures and Presentations
Invited guest speaker at some 25 campuses in the U.S., Europe and Latin America.

Featured analyst in five documentaries, several radio and television programs.


  • Recipient, American Political Science Association Small Research Grant (Chile, 2012)
  • Recipient, Faculty Development Award, LIU (2012)
  • Research on Operation Condor used as resource in five Latin American human rights trials
  • Recipient, Fulbright Senior Scholar Award (Chile 2011, Uruguay 2005)
  • Recipient, Distinguished Alumni Award, The Graduate Center, CUNY (2009)
  • Recipient, Certificate for Outstanding Teaching in Political Science, American Political Science Association and Pi Sigma Alpha (2008)
  • Recipient, David Newton Award for Excellence in Teaching, LIU (2008)
  • Recipient, Choice Award for Outstanding Academic Title (2006)
  • Recipient, research/writing grant, World Council of Churches, International Programme (2001)
  • Recipient, travel grant, São Paulo Research Foundation to teach mini-course (2001)
  • Recipient, research and creative projects grant, SUNY New Paltz (1996)
  • Recipient, New York State/United University Professions Award (1995)
  • Recipient, Fellowship, Institute for the Study of World Politics (1992-1993)
  • Recipient, Dissertation Year Fellowship, The Graduate Center, CUNY (1992-1993)
  • Recipient, Fulbright Dissertation Research Award (Argentina 1992)

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, American Political Science Association
  • Member, Latin American Studies Association
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Third World Studies and Social Justice Journal