Patrick Barr-Melej, a specialist on Latin America in the twentieth century, is Associate Professor and Chair of the History Department. Born in South America, he received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, where his graduate studies also included modern European history and Latin American literary culture. Barr-Melej’s research focuses on the political and cultural history of Chile. His publications include the book Reforming Chile: Cultural Politics, Nationalism, and the Rise of the Middle Class (University of North Carolina Press) and articles in the Hispanic American Historical Review, the Journal of Latin American Studies, The Americas, and other journals. He is currently finishing a book about counterculture during Salvador Allende’s ‘road to socialism’ (1970-1973). Psychedelic Chile: Youth, Counterculture, and Politics on the Road to Socialism and Dictatorship will be published by the University of North Carolina Press. Dr. Barr-Melej has presented dozens of invited lectures and conference papers across the United States and on four continents, including stops at the Sorbonne, Oxford University, the University of Cambridge, the National Library of Chile, the Pontifical Catholic University (Santiago, Chile), and the University of Chile (Santiago), as well as in Japan, Brazil, Colombia, and Austria. He also has been a visiting professor in the history graduate programs at the Pontifical Catholic University and the University of Concepción (Chile) and has served as a grant evaluator for Chilean government and as a manuscript referee for numerous academic journals and book publishers. He has served as President of the Southwestern Historical Association, as an associate editor for the Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture, as a member of the Latin American Studies acquisitions committee of Ohio University Press, and as a member of the international advisory committees of Chilean historical journals. Dr. Barr-Melej’s courses at OU include 'Modern Latin America,’ Modern Mexico,’ and graduate and undergraduate seminars.
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With his dad in Venezuela, sailing the Orinoco River, 1972.