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Long Island University Professor J. Patrice McSherry teaches Comparative Politics, with a specialization in Latin America; International Relations; and courses on human rights, international political economy, and foreign policy. She received her B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley and her Ph.D. from The Graduate Center of The City University of New York (CUNY). Her first teaching appointment was at State University of New York (SUNY)-New Paltz (1994-1997).

McSherry moved to LIU in 1997. She is founding chair and Director of the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program at the 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. McSherry has published a number of book chapters and many scholarly articles on military regimes, civil-military relations, state terror, including Operation Condor, transitions to democracy, social movements, and U.S. foreign policy.

McSherry has traveled extensively in Latin America 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.

McSherry's forthcoming book is LA NUEVA CANCION CHILENA: MUSIC AND REVOLUTION 1960s to 1973. She received the Fulbright Senior Scholar award in 2011 for three months in Chile to carry out this new research project, to study the relationships between Chilean New Song and the political and social movements of the 1960s and 1970s. She returned to Chile in 2012 for another three months to continue the project, funded by an American Political Science Association (APSA) Small Research Grant and by LIU (the Provost's Office and a Faculty Development Award). She spent a month in Chile in January 2013 to continue her fieldwork, with grants from the Dean of Research and the Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences of LIU. Between June and September 2013 she continued her book investigation in Chile with a new Faculty Development grant, and in December 2013-January 2014 she returned to the country to complete final research and participate in a conference on popular music.

She also participated in three conferences on human rights, discussing Operation Condor, for the 40th anniversary of the September 1973 coup.

McSherry's first book, INCOMPLETE TRANSITION: MILITARY POWER AND DEMOCRACY IN ARGENTINA, is a standard in the field. It was reissued in paperback in 2008 through the Authors Guild. Her 2005 book PREDATORY STATES: OPERATION CONDOR AND COVERT WAR IN LATIN AMERICA, was selected as an Outstanding Academic Title in 2006 by Choice, the leading library journal. It has been used as a resource in human rights trials in Latin America and has been extensively cited. McSherry examined thousands of recently declassified U.S. documents as well as archives in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Honduras, Paraguay, and Uruguay in the course of her research on Operation Condor. A translated and updated version of the book was published by Editorial LOM of Chile and Ediciones de Banda Oriental of Uruguay in 2009. McSherry's studies on Condor have been cited by The New York Times, Newsweek, and many Latin American and European media. She has appeared as a featured analyst in several documentaries. THE IRAQ PAPERS is a documentary reader focused on the George W. Bush policy of preemption and its application in both foreign and domestic policy, also analyzing its roots in earlier patterns of U.S. intervention. The book includes comprehensive historical and contextual analysis and features a collection of key primary documents.

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. She presented her new project in Santiago during the ASEMPCH conference in 2011 and in a seminar at the Universidad Alberto Hurtado in 2012. McSherry 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.

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