Patrick J McNamara

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Department of History
1212 HellerH

271 19th Ave S

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, 1999.


  • Cognitive History
  • History and Memory
  • Comparative Revolutions
  • Mexico
  • El Salvador
  • Drug Violence in the Americas
  • Human Rights
Courses Taught
  • Hist 1911: A History of the Drug Wars in the Americas
  • Hist 3402W: Modern Latin America 1825 to Present
  • HIST 3418: History of Drink
  • Hist 3423: Central American Revolutions
  • Hist 3425: Modern Mexico
  • HIST 3429: Latin American History in Film & Text
  • Hist 3711: Cognitive History
  • Hist 4961W: Major Paper
  • HIST 5902: Modern Latin America Proseminar
  • HIST 5950: 20th Century Mexico
  • HIST 8025: The Politics of Historical Memory
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Disabilities Issues Committee, Chair: 2005 - 2007, 2014-15
  • Department of History, Associate Chair: 2005 - 2007


  • A Brief History of Memory: (a book about memory research over the past 100 years as studied by different disciplinary fields: philosophy, sociology, theater, psychology, neuroscience, and history)
  • Cognitive History: (a book that examines how cognitive neuroscience might reshape how historians write about the past on specific issues: memory, narrative, aesthetics, the body, and violence)
  • Disappearances in El Salvador, 2010-19:
  • The Juárez Inquisition: Art, Performance, and Politics in Porfirian Mexico:
  • The Centennial Stage: Mexico's Old Regime and the Independence Celebrations of 1910: (an examination of the importance of the 1910 Centennial in rural Mexico and the southwestern United States)


  • Expert Witness/Consultant: El Salvador & Mexico Immigration Cases,
  • Minnesota-Mexico Dialogue: IAS funded research collaborative,
  • “Reacios a proteger: Las respuestas de El Salvador y los Estados Unidos ante la violencia de las pandillas/Unwilling to Protect: El Salvador and United States Responses to Gang Violence,”: McNamara, Patrick, Hispanic Issues OnLine, 26 14-28, 2020. Link
  • Political Refugees from El Salvador: Gang Politics, The State & Asylum Claims: McNamara, Patrick, Oxford , Refugee Survey Quarterly, 36 1-24, 2017. LinkDownload
  • Rewriting Zapata: Generational Conflict on the Eve of the Mexican Revolution: McNamara, Patrick, Mexican Studies/Estudios Mexicanos, 30:1 122-149, 2014. Download
  • "My Zapotec Museum: Violence, Capitalism and Memory in Oaxaca, Mexico": McNamara, Patrick, Ethnohistory, 61:4 671-679, 2014. Download
  • Sons of the Sierra: Juarez, Diaz, and the People of Ixtlan, Oaxaca, 1855-1920. McNamara, Patrick, Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, Author, 2007. Link
  • "Saving Private Ramí­rez: The Patriarchal Voice of Republican Motherhood in Mexico". McNamara, Patrick, Gender and History, Author, 2006. LinkDownload
  • "Felipe Garcí­a and the Real Heroes of Guelatao". McNamara, Patrick, Jeffrey Pilcher, Wilmington, Delaware: Scholarly Resources Inc., Author, 2003. Link
  • Arthur "Red" Motley Exemplary Teaching Award, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota, 2009