Maria Munoz, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of History
This year’s recipient earned her Ph.D. in Latin American History with a minor in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Arizona. She came to Susquehanna University in 2009. Her research and teaching interests include social movements, race, ethnicity, identity construction and nation-state building all in the context of Latin America.
Munoz is the author of a number of articles, has co-edited the volume, Men of the People: The Presidencies of Lazaro Cardenas and Luis Echeverria and is working on a book manuscript.She has also been a leader for the GO New Orleans trip and will be accompanying students to Sevilla, Spain, this summer.
According to her nominators, “her classroom is an exciting place where students are ready to discuss difficult ideas and put their own stamp on those ideas.” She knows how to captivate students and to connect them with the larger community through exhibitions like the annual Dia de Muertos display in the library or the Latin American Treasure hunt competition organized with colleagues across several universities. As her student says: “she encourages me outside the classroom to strive for success. She is a wonderful scholar, role model, and mentor.”