Shari Orisich

Shari Orisich (added 9/20/19) MCD 760

Shari Orisich

Associate Professor, History

Phone: 843-349-6669 Email: Office Hours:



Dr. Shari Orisich (Ph.D. University of Maryland--College Park, 2013) is an associate professor of History at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC with an area specialization in Latin America. Her research has focused on criminal sciences, childhood, youth, and urban life in 20th century Mexico. She has published on visual culture and juvenile crime, eugenics in post-revolutionary Mexico City, and the transnational  dimensions of "at-risk" youth. Her current research explores historical memory and girlhood in Cuba before, during, and after the revolution through the use of oral interviews with women living in Havana today. Dr. Orisich teaches comparative approaches to history on the topics of genocide and political violence as well as topical courses on US-Latin American Relations, Women and Power in the Americas, and Central American History. In both survey and upper-level courses, she integrates high-impact learning practices including the historical role-playing pedagogy "Reacting to the Past". Her Vizsla, "Janka" continues to provide the unique combination of inspiration and exasperation for each of Dr. O's intellectual endeavors. 


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