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Jesus Mendez

Jesus Mendez, PhD

Associate Professor of History

Phone: 305-899-3472
Fax: 305-899-3385
Office: O'Laughlin Hall, 243

Jesus Mendez, Associate Professor of History, was born in Havana, Cuba. He earned his BS in Chemistry and History and his MA in History from the University of Miami at Coral Gables and his Ph.D. in Latin American History from the University of Texas at Austin. Following an appointment at the State University of New York at Binghamton, he has taught history at Barry University since 1981. A past director of the Barry University Honors Program and former chair of the Department of Social Sciences, he is currently the academic advisor for pre-law in the Department of History and Political Science.

His research and publication interests focus on Latin American intellectual history and the transportation and commercial links between the Caribbean and Florida in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In 1999, he designed, wrote, and implemented a funded 1999 Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Grant on behalf of Dr. Denis Makarov, Associate Professor and Vice-Chair for International Relations, Department of Political Science and Sociology, Moscow State Pedagogical University, to teach at Barry University and to research cultural diversity issues affecting social studies secondary education.

Classes Currently Taught

The Meaning of History; History of Latin American Colonial Period to 1824; Latin American National Period from 1824 to present; History of the Caribbean; Race, Gender, and Class in Latin America; History of Florida; Modern English History; Europe in the Twentieth Century; and Senior Seminar.

Awards and Honors

  • 1998 National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute Grant to Brazil
  • 1997 Kettering Foundation Grant
  • 1988 National Endowment for the Humanities Travel to Collections Grant to Mexico
  • 1984 Rockefeller Archive Center Research Grant
  • 1983 Fulbright Research Grant to Argentina
  • 1977-78 Organization of American States Fellowship to Argentina

Selected Publications

  • “1892 – A Year of Crucial Decisions in Florida,” The Florida Historical Quarterly (Summer 2009)
  • "Interdisciplinary Approaches to an Honors Curriculum: Theoretical and Structural Observations," in Mark E. Clark and Roger Johnson, Jr., Eds., Curricular Reform: Narratives of Interdisciplinary Humanities Programs (Chattanooga, TN: Southern Humanities Press, 1991)
  • "Foreign Influences and Domestic Needs in Intellectual Institution Building: The Gestation of the Casa de Espana/Colegio de Mexico," SECOLAS Annals (1990)
  • "La Institucion Hispanocubana de Cultura," Circulo: Revista de Cultura (1988)
  • "Jose Ortega y Gasset and His Three Visits to Argentina," Proceedings of the "Espectador Universal" International Interdisciplinary Conference (New York: Greenwood Press, 1987)
  • "The Rockefeller Foundation and Spanish Intellectuals," Rockefeller Archive Center Newsletter (Summer 1986)
  • "Church-State Relations in Argentina in the Twentieth Century: A Case Study of the Thirty-second International Eucharistic Congress," Journal of Church and State (1985)
  • "Impact of Spanish Republican Exiles on Intellectual Life in Argentina," SECOLAS Annals (1985)
  • "The Origins of SUR, Argentina's Elite Cultural Review," Inter-American Review of Bibliography (1981)

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