Gladys McCormick is the Jay and Debe Moskowitz Endowed Chair on Mexico-U.S. Relations at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University in New York. Her research interests include the contemporary political and economic history of Latin America and, more specifically, Mexico, corruption, drug trafficking, and political violence. She is the author of several articles, including the “The Last Door: Political Prisoners and the Use of Torture in Mexico's Dirty War," published in the journal The Americas, January 2017, and of the book The Logic of Compromise: Authoritarianism, Betrayal, and Revolution in Rural Mexico, 1935-1965 (University of North Carolina Press, 2016). She is currently working on two book projects: one detailing the history of torture in Mexico from 1970 to today and the other a co-authored overview of drug trafficking in Latin America. She teaches a range of courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including survey courses on modern and contemporary Latin America, oral history methodologies, U.S.-Mexico relations, and drugs and drug trafficking in Mexico and Latin America. She also comments and writes opinion pieces for a variety of media outlets on topics related to drug trafficking, immigration, and security issues in Mexico and the region as a whole. She is originally from Costa Rica and received her bachelors’ degree from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in history from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

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