Anne S Macpherson

Anne S Macpherson, Ph.D

Professor + Interim Chair
(585) 395-5683
Office: Liberal Arts 327


  • PhD, University of Wisconsin - Madison, August 1998
  • M.A., University of Wisconsin - Madison, December 1992
  • B.A., Queen’s University (cum laude) - Kingston, Ontario, May 1990 - History and Political Studies

Areas of Specialty

  • Latin American and Caribbean History

Courses Taught

  • Puerto Rico and Puerto Ricans: Colony, Nation, Race, Diaspora
  • Born in Blood and Fire: Latin American in the Age of Conquest and Empire
  • The Modern World
  • Colonial Latin America
  • Modern Latin America
  • The Modern Caribbean
  • Women and Gender in Latin-American and Caribbean History - (crosslisted with Women and Gender Studies)
  • Latin America Regional Seminar

Current Projects

  • Since 2008 I have been researching gender, labor, and politics in Puerto Rico in the short but pivotal period 1938-40. I am interested in documenting the relationships among:
    • Puerto Rican working women, especially in needlework and tobacco processing;
    • Island political parties, especially the new Popular Democratic Party led by Luis Muñoz Marín; and
    • The U.S. federal government, especially through the Fair Labor Standards Act, a key piece of New Deal legislation.
  • I have done research in several Puerto Rican archives—in San Juan, Rio Piedras, and Mayagüez—and in the U.S, at the National Archives in D.C. and New York City, the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College, and the University of Virginia. I have presented my findings in Puerto Rico, the U.S., and at the Association of Caribbean Historians conference in Belize.