Mary Grace Strasma

A photo of Mary Strasma

Associate Professor

History and Philosophy

701F Pray Harrold


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  • Ph.D., University of Minnesota

Interests and Expertise

Professor Strasma joined the EMU faculty in 2009. She regularly offers courses in World and Latin American history, and enjoys working with students at all levels, from freshman to graduate students. She specializes in the Southern Cone (Chile, Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil), Mexico and Guatemala, but also enjoys working comparatively around the globe. Her research examines the connections between place and historical memory, particularly in societies dealing with a traumatic or divisive history, and students will find that her classes often include lively discussions of the ways that humans struggle over how to interpret the past.


  • HIST 109 World History to 1500
  • HIST 110 World History since 1500
  • HIST 300W Researching and Writing History
  • HIST 311 History and Geography of the Modern World
  • HIST 355 Latin America: Colonial Period
  • HIST 356 Latin America: National Period
  • HIST 457 History of Mexico

Publications and Presentations

  • "History in Its Walls: La Moneda, Memory, and Reconciliation in Chile's Post-Authoritarian Transition"
  • "What happens after Reacting: A Follow-up Study of Past RTTP Participants at a Regional Public University," with Jeffrey L. Bernstein, Russell B. Olwell and Mark Higbee, in Playing to Learn with Reacting to the Past: Research on High-Impact, Active Learning Practices C. Edward Watson and Thomas Chase Hagood, eds. Forthcoming from Palgrave McMillan.