Associate Professor of History (On Sabbatical Fall 2017)

Sean McEnroe 2016

Office: Taylor Hall 216
Phone: (541) 552-6647

Sean McEnroe is an historian of Latin America and the larger Atlantic world, specializing in religion, ideology, and state formation. He is the author of From Colony to Nationhood in Mexico: Laying the Foundations, 1560-1840, a work which describes the integration of European and indigenous governance and the origins of Mexican citizenship. As an archival historian, McEnroe works in manuscript collections in Latin America, Europe, and the United States. He is currently writing a second book on indigenous leadership within colonial empires. Professor McEnroe is the past recipient of the Fulbright-Hays, Earhart, Quinn, Rose Tucker, and John Carter Brown Fellowships, as well as the Joel Palmer Award.


Vassar College, B.A., History (Europe)
Lewis and Clark College, M.A.T, (Social Studies Education)
Portland State University, M.A., History (United States)
U.C. Berkeley, Ph.D., History (Latin America)


From Colony to Nationhood in Mexico: Laying the Foundations, 1560-1840 (Cambridge University Press, 2012)

The Civilized Indian: Native Elites of the Colonial Americas from the Sixteenth to Nineteenth Century (under contract, Diálogos series, University of New Mexico Press)

“Iberian Empires and Indigenous Allies” in Borderlands in the Iberian World: Environments, Histories, and Cultures, eds. Cynthia Radding and Danna Levin-Rojo (Oxford University Press, expected 2018).

“Plato, Aristotle, and the Virgin of Copacabana” in Imagining Histories of Colonial Latin America: Essays on Synoptic Methods and Practices, eds. Sylvia Sellers-García and Karen Melvin (University of New Mexico Press, forthcoming 2017)

“A Confusion of Tongues or the Want of Schooling: A Carmelite Vision of Humble Penitents.” in Imagining Histories of Colonial Latin America: Essays on Synoptic Methods and Practices, eds. Sylvia Sellers-García and Karen Melvin (University of New Mexico Press, 2017)

“Sites of Diplomacy, Violence, and Refuge: Topography and Negotiation in the Mountains of New Spain,” The Americas 69:2 (2012)

“A Sleeping Army: Diplomatic and Civic Structures on the Nahua-Chichimec Frontier,” Ethnohistory 59:1 (2012)

“Painting the Philippines with an American Brush: Visions of Race and National Mission among the Oregon Volunteers in the Philippine Wars of 1898 and 1899,” Oregon Historical Quarterly (2003). Winner of 2003 Joel Palmer Award.

“Oregon Soldiers in the Spanish-American and Philippine Wars, 1898-1899.” The Oregon Encyclopedia (Portland: Oregon Historical Society, 2015)

“Mexico.” In Oxford Bibliographies Online: Atlantic History, ed. Trevor Burnard (Oxford University, 2011)

“Mexico: The Colonial Period,” with Paula de Vos and Karen Melvin, Handbook of Latin American Studies, vol. 68 (Library of Congress/University of Texas, 2013)


Before joining the SOU faculty, Professor McEnroe taught Latin American, European, and U.S. history at Reed College, Oakland University, and Oregon Episcopal School. He currently teaches introductory surveys of World History (HST 110 and 111) as well as his own upper division courses on the early Atlantic world.


Professor McEnroe has served as a panelist for the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and on the advisory boards for the Oregon History Project, the Americas Research Network, and Editorial Abya Yala (Quito). His book reviews appear in the Hispanic American Historical Review, The Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, Ethnohistory, The Americas, The Catholic Historical Review, and the New Mexico Historical Review. He has served as a contributing editor for the Handbook of Latin American Studies and is a regular contributor to panels for the American Historical Association, Conference on Latin American History, American Society for Ethnohistory, and the International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association.  He is a peer reviewer for a variety journals, academic presses, and textbook publishers.


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