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Mary Grace Strasma

Associate Professor

 701-F Pray-Harrold



Ph.D., University of Minnesota

Professional Associations/Memberships

Representative Courses Taught

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


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 through 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.

Selected Publications


“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.