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Alan McPherson

Professor of International and Area Studies, University of Oklahoma

Alan McPherson, also the ConocoPhillips Petroleum Chair of Latin American Studies and the Director of the Center for the Americas, is the author and editor of six books, including most recently:

“The Invaded: How Latin Americans and their Allies Fought and Ended U.S. Occupations” (Oxford University Press, 2014); “The Encyclopedia of U.S. Military Interventions in Latin America” (editor; ABC-CLIO, 2013); “The Anti-American Century” (editor, with Ivan Krastev; Central European University Press, 2007); “Anti-Americanism in Latin America and the Caribbean” (editor; Berghahn Books, 2006); “Intimate Ties, Bitter Struggles: The United States and Latin America since 1945” (Potomac Books, 2006); and “Yankee No! Anti-Americanism in U.S.-Latin American Relations” (Harvard University Press, 2003), winner of the A. B. Thomas Award for Best Book of the Year from the Southeastern Council on Latin American Studies.

He has also published articles in Diplomatic History, the Latin American Research Review, and the American Historical Review among others. He has been a fellow of Harvard University’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies and twice a Fulbright fellow.

In 2001 he received his PhD in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. You can follow his tweets at @AlanMcPherson1.

Articles by Alan McPherson

The Letelier Assassination: A Watershed in Counter-Terrorism

How the killing of a former Chilean ambassador in Washington, DC became a watershed moment in the West's struggle against terrorism.

September 21, 2016

U2’s Activism: From Innocence to Experience

How an Irish rock band turned raw activism into a refined lobby for good.

July 25, 2015

The United States and Cuba: Toward Normalization, Finally

A victory for diplomacy in time for the holidays.

December 18, 2014

50 Years Ago: Lyndon Johnson’s First Foreign Crisis

On January 9, 1964, a new president's foreign policy skills were put to the test by a crisis in Panama.

January 9, 2014

When Gringos Get It Right

When it comes to Iraq, what can the United States learn from its 20th century occupations in Latin America?

March 7, 2008

Iraq and the Politics of Withdrawal: Lessons from U.S. Occupations in Latin America

What lessons has the United States failed to draw from its occupations in Latin America?

October 17, 2007