Michael CangemiEducation:
ABD
M.A., History, Binghamton University, 2012
M.A., Liberal Studies, State University of New York, Empire State College, 2011.
B.A., History, State University of New York, Empire State College, 2009.

Field:
US: 20th century, U.S. diplomatic/foreign relations, modern Latin American, and human rights history.

Email:
mcangem1@binghamton.edu

Michael Cangemi


Advisor: Professor Stephen R. Ortiz

I study diplomatic history and U.S. foreign relations with Latin America. My doctoral dissertation, tentatively titled "'The Church Does Not Propose a Peace by Force': The Holy See and U.S.-Guatemalan Relations, 1976-1988," explores how state and nonstate actors in the United States, Guatemala, and the Holy See understood and responded to changing social and political currents during this period. I argue that the U.S.-Guatemalan diplomatic relationship was influenced on both sides by the Holy See, along with how and why U.S. Catholics became increasingly identified with criticisms of the Reagan administration's policies toward Guatemala and, more broadly, Central America, during the 1980s.

My teaching interests include 20th century U.S., U.S. diplomatic/foreign relations, modern Latin American, and human rights history.

GRANTS AND AWARDS:

Graduate Fellow, Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities, Fall 2015

Dissertation-Year Fellowship, History Department, Binghamton University, Fall 2014.

Joan S. Dubofsky Doctoral Research Grant, History Department, Binghamton University, 2014.

Barry S. Kramer Doctoral Research Grant in History, Binghamton University, 2014.

Barry S. Kramer Doctoral Research Grant in History, Binghamton University, 2013.

Binghamton University Foundation Travel Grant, Graduate School, Binghamton University, 2013.

Foreign Language Acquisition Grant, Binghamton University, 2012.

Graduate Student Teaching Assistantship, History Department, Binghamton University, 2012-2016.

PUBLICATIONS:

"'Sing Me a Song, You're a Singer': How Ronald Reagan Inspired Heavy Metal's Golden Age," in Music in American Life: An Encyclopedia of the Songs, Styles, Starts, and Stories That Shaped Our Culture, Jacqueline Edmonson, ed. ABC-CLIO Press, 2013.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS:

"'We Seek Justice, Not Revenge': Catholicism and Transnational Human Rights Movements in Guatemala, 1968-1996," IASH Fellows' Speakers Series, Binghamton University, Fall 2015

"'Pressures Coming from Outside': Catholicism and U.S.-Guatemalan Relations, 1979-1983," Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Annual Meeting, Arlington, VA, June 24, 2015

"'Pressures Coming from Outside': Catholicism and U.S.-Guatemalan Relations, 1979-1983," American Catholic Historical Association Spring Meeting, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN, March 27, 2015

"Human Rights and U.S. Foreign Policy Formation, 1970-1979," Binghamton University Brown Bag Luncheon Series, March 6, 2014

"South of Heaven: How Evangelical Christianity and Liberation Theology Shaped U.S.-Guatemalan Relations, 1965-1983," Binghamton University Brown Bag Luncheon Series, March 11, 2013

"'Sing Me a Song, You're a Singer': How Ronald Reagan Inspired Heavy Metal's Golden Age," Joint Conference of the National Popular Culture and American Culture Association and the Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association, April 11, 2011

"Evolving Histories: Representations of American Imperialism in Contemporary Historiography," Organization of American Historians Poster Session, April 9, 2010.

COURSES TAUGHT

U.S. Diplomatic History, 1898-1990

Modern World History, 1500-1914

Foundations of America, 1500-1877

Cancer in the Modern World Modern American Civilization, 1877-1990

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

American Catholic Historical Association

American Historical Association

Conference in Latin American History

Latin American Studies Association

Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations

LANGUAGES

English (native)

Spanish (proficient reading, competent speaking)

French (proficient reading, competent speaking)

Last Updated: 8/12/16