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Shari Orisich

Assistant Professor, History

Jonathan Doe
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Shari Orisich is an assistant professor in the Department of History. She received her Ph.D. in history from the University of Maryland-College Park in 2013. Her research has focused on the historical connections between criminality, class, youth and state formation in modern Mexico and cultural histories of juvenile crime. She has written on the history of "at-risk" youth, criminal photography, and is working on a book project that examines eugenics in Latin America in the early twentieth century. Orisich teaches undergraduate courses in Colonial and Modern Latin American History, Twentieth Century Revolutions in Latin America, Cold War History in Latin America, Latin American Popular Culture, State Terror and Political Violence, and the History of Science, Medicine, and the Body. She integrates high-impact learning practices in her courses, including innovative pedagogies such as historical role-playing games and self-regulated learning.


Ph.D., University of Maryland-College Park
B.A., Indiana University-Bloomington

Program Affiliations

Global Studies, Latin American Studies, African Diaspora Minor, Women's and Gender Studies, Master of Arts in Liberal Arts (MALS)

Teaching Areas

Latin American history, social movements, U.S.-Latin American relations, history of modern medicine and the body, history and memory, political violence and state terror

Research Areas

Sciences of crime, governance and citizenship, visual culture, class identities, gender and feminism, youth and childhood histories