• Born in Seattle, Washington, Pam Murray spent much of her youth living with her family abroad (Panama, later France & Germany) and in several parts of the US (northern Virginia, New Mexico), experiences that sparked her interest in history as well as languages and culture. Exposure to New Mexico’s rich Hispanic heritage, along with curiosity about her maternal background—including relatives in Medellin, Colombia—encouraged her to specialize in Latin American history.

    In 2012, Dr. Murray and Professor Carlos Orihuela (Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures) lead a study away trip to Lima, Peru. Students were treated to a crash course in the language, culture, and history of one of the most fascinating countries in the Western hemisphere. Over three weeks students adapted to life with their Peruvian host families; learned new customs and the intricacies of navigating through Lima; improved their Spanish in daily lessons taught by instructors of the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (the oldest university in the Americas); and visited numerous historic, archaeological, and cultural sites and events—including the winding catacombs of Lima's famous Franciscan Monastery; the eye-opening Museum of the Inquisition; the delights of traditional Peruvian folk music and dance, e.g. "La Marinera"; a trip to Cuzco, ancient capital of the Incas, nestled high in the southern Andes at about 11,000 feet above sea level; the Sacred Valley; and the magical "Lost City" of Machu Picchu. Taken by Proffesor Murray, the photos in this slideshow give viewers a glimpse of the variety of places students visited and the odyssey they experienced. Visit flickr to see all of the photos.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

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    2009 Mujeres, género y política en la joven república colombiana: una mirada desde la correspondencia personal del General Tomás Cipriano de MosqueraHistoria Crítica.  54-71. 2009
    2009 Women, gender and politics in the young Colombian republic: A glimpse through the personal correspondence of Tomás Cipriano de Mosquera, 1859-1862Historia Crítica.  37:54-71. 2009
    2006 Historia General de Panama (review)Americas.  63:167-169. 2006
    2003 Latin America between Colony and Nation: Selected EssaysHispanic American Historical Review.  83:156-158. 2003
    2001 'Loca' or 'libertadora'?: Manuela Sáenz in the eyes of hitory and historians, 1900-c. 1990Journal of Latin American Studies.  33:291-310. 2001
    1997 Broken promises: Agrarian reform and the Latin American campesino - Thiesenhusen,WC 1997


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    2014 Women and Gender in Modern Latin America Historical Sources and Interpretations 2014
    2012 Sueños de Desarollo: La Escuela Nacional de Minas de Colombia y sus Ingenieros, 1887-1970 2012
    2010 For Glory and Bolívar The Remarkable Life of Manuela Sáenz 2010
    1997 Dreams of Development Colombia's National School of Mines and Its Engineers, 1887-1970 1997


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    2019 “Mujeres y Género en la Revolución Liberal-Mosquerista, c. 1859-1863” in Maria Victoria Dotor Robayo et al, eds., Cultura Política y Subalternidad en America Latina (Tunja: Editorial Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia, 2019), 149-70. 2019
    2017 "El proyecto nacionalista (1930-1945)".  208-233. 2017
    2012 Forward 2012

    Research Overview

  • Social and political history of modern Spanish America , history of women in Latin America, modern Colombia (19th-20th centuries)
  • Education And Training

  • Doctor of Philosophy in History, Tulane University 1990
  • Master of Arts in History, Tulane University 1984
  • Bachelor of Arts in History, New Mexico State University 1980
  • Awards And Honors

    Full Name

  • Pamela Murray