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Blake Pattridge

Associate Professor

Division Chair
Academic Division: History & Society
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Bio

Dr. Pattridge is Chair of the History and Society Division and is an associate professor of history at Babson College where he has taught various iterations of the History and Society Foundation course, as well as intermediate and advanced courses on various topics in Latin American history. Classes taught include Memories, Stories, Histories: Constructing Self in the 20th Century; Latin American History; People and Cultures of the Americas; and Revolution and Terror in Modern Latin America. Dr. Pattridge's research interests include Central American history (especially 19th and 20th-century Guatemala), the history of higher education, and intellectual and religious history. His book, Institution Building and State Formation in Nineteenth Century Latin America: The University of San Carlos, Guatemala, was published by Peter Lang Publishing in 2004. Dr. Pattridge served as President of SECOLAS, the Southeastern Council on Latin American Studies, one of the oldest and most prestigious Latin American Studies organizations in the U.S., in 2008-09, and currently serves on the SECOLAS Executive Council. As a graduate student at Tulane, Dr. Pattridge taught three courses and received a number of grants and fellowships, as well as an award for outstanding undergraduate teaching by graduate students. His scholarly work on nineteenth- and twentieth-century Guatemalan history has been published in a number of leading journals in his field.

Academic Degrees

  • Ph D, Tulane University
  • MA, Tulane University,
  • BA, University of Notre Dame

Academic Interests

Latin American History; Central American History; Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Guatemalan History; U.S.-Latin American Relations; Mexican History; Latin American Intellectual and Religious History

Awards & Honors

  • 1999 - Babson College Board of Research Course Release, Babson College
  • 1995 - Tulane University Graduate School Teaching Award , Tulane University
  • 1994 - Tulane University Graduate School Teaching Assistantship (Fall) and Fellowship (Spring , Tulane University
  • 1993 - Tulane University Graduate School Fellowship, Tulane University
  • 1992 - Tulane University Graduate School Teaching Assistantship, Tulane University
  • 1991 - Tulane University Graduate School Fellowship., Tulane University
  • 1990 - Tulane University Graduate School Fellowship., Tulane University

Courses

Degree Courses 2016-2017
  • HSS 2003: LATIN AMERICAN HIST (HIS)
Degree Courses 2015-2016
  • HSS 2003: LATIN AMERICAN HIST (HIS)
  • CVA 2055: PEOPLES AND CULTURES OF THE AMERICAS (HI

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Pattridge, B.D. (2012). Autocratic Liberalism and Democratic Conservatism in Nineteenth-Century Guatemala. The Latin Americanist, 56(1), 3-21. link

Books

  • Pattridge, B.D. (2004). Institution Building and State Formation in Nineteenth-Century Latin America: The University of San Carlos, Guatemala. New York: Peter Lang Publishing

Presentations

  • Democratic Engagement with a Dictator: The University of San Carlos and the 1854 Proposal for Rafael Carerra to Become Perpetual President of Guatemala
    Pattridge, B. Democratic Engagement with a Dictator: The University of San Carlos and the 1854 Proposal for Rafael Carerra to Become Perpetual President of Guatemala SECOLAS Annual Conference, Gainesville, FL (2012)
  • Higher Education and the State in Post-Independence Nineteenth Century Guatemala
    Pattridge, B. Higher Education and the State in Post-Independence Nineteenth Century Guatemala History of Education Society Annual Conference, Chicago,Illinois (2011)
  • Autocratic Liberalism vs. Democratic Conservatism: Administration and Leadership at the Liberal Academy of Sciences (1831-1839) and Conservative University of San Carlos (1840-1871) in Nineteenth Century Guatemala
    Pattridge, B. Autocratic Liberalism vs. Democratic Conservatism: Administration and Leadership at the Liberal Academy of Sciences (1831-1839) and Conservative University of San Carlos (1840-1871) in Nineteenth Century Guatemala SECOLAS (Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies) Annual Conference, Wilmington, North Carolina (2011)
  • Contested Visions of Independence in Central America
    Pattridge, B. Contested Visions of Independence in Central America SECOLAS (Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies) Annual Conference, Mexico City, Mexico (2010)
  • Historical Studies of Mexico, Part Two
    Pattridge, B. Historical Studies of Mexico, Part Two SECOLAS (Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies) Annual Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana (2009)
  • Latin America's Nineteenth-Century Heritage
    Pattridge, B. Latin America's Nineteenth-Century Heritage SECOLAS (Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies) Annual Conference, Tampa, Florida (2008)
  • The Question of Anti-Clericalism at the Liberal Academy of Sciences, Guatemala, 1832-1939
    Pattridge, B. The Question of Anti-Clericalism at the Liberal Academy of Sciences, Guatemala, 1832-1939 SECOLAS (Southeastern Council on Latin American Studies) Annual Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina (2006)
  • Juan José Aycinena and the Conservative University of San Carlos In Nineteenth-Century Guatemala
    Pattridge, B. Juan José Aycinena and the Conservative University of San Carlos In Nineteenth-Century Guatemala SECOLAS (Southeastern Council on Latin American Studies) Annual Conference, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (2004)
  • The Liberal Academy of Sciences in the 1830s and the Mensual de Conocimientos Utiles
    Pattridge, B. The Liberal Academy of Sciences in the 1830s and the Mensual de Conocimientos Utiles Ralph Lee Woodward Conference on Central American History, New Orleans, Louisiana (2003)
  • Education and Free Markets in Latin America
    Pattridge, B. Education and Free Markets in Latin America SECOLAS (Southeastern Council on Latin American Studies) Annual Conference, Chapel Hill, North Carolina (2003)
  • The Enlightenment in late Colonial Central America: Revisiting John Tate Lanning’s The Eighteenth-Century Enlightenment in the University of San Carlos in Guatemala
    Pattridge, B. The Enlightenment in late Colonial Central America: Revisiting John Tate Lanning’s The Eighteenth-Century Enlightenment in the University of San Carlos in Guatemala SECOLAS (Southeastern Council on Latin American Studies) Annual Conference, Chapel Hill, North Carolina (2003)