Patricia Harms

B.Th. (Canadian Mennonite), B.A. (Manitoba), M.Div (Princeton Theological), Ph.D. (Arizona State)

Associate Professor

Research Interests:

My research focuses on women and gender in Latin America with a particular emphasis on Guatemala and Central America. I am intrigued by people’s attempts to radically transform their societies and why and when these efforts succeed. I am particularly interested in the role of gender and political power and how these ideas are used to sustain or transform socio-political systems. I have just finished a monograph on ladina political activism in Guatemala City and currently co-editing a volume on suffrage in the Americas that explores the movement for political citizenship across the American hemisphere. Along with colleague Stephanie Mitchell, I am co-directing a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute on suffrage in the Americas at Carthage College, Wisconsin in July 2018. I am also a member of the Hispanic Association of Manitoba, Inc where we focus on a variety of socio-political activities designed to improve the lives of Spanish speaking immigrants in southwest Manitoba.

Teaching Interests:

At Brandon University, I teach courses with a geographic focus on the global south. I also teach courses with thematic emphases on imperialism, decolonization, Indigenous histories, revolution and gender.


Imagining a Place for Themselves: Ladina Social Activism and Feminism in Guatemala City, 1871-1954 (under review).

“Stumbling Our Way to the Mark: Guatemalan Mennonites in the era of Rίos Montt, 1980-1984,” Journal of Mennonite Studies (Volume 28, 2014).

“Voices in the Wind: Latina testimonios from the Prairies,” Em/bodying human rights in testimony: Studies in Comparative Literatures and Arts Colloquium, Brock University, February 20, 2014.

“Living on Their Own Terms: Pauingassi in the 20th Century,” Papers of the 2012 Rupert’s Land Colloquium.

“God Doesn’t Like the Revolution: The Archbishop, the Market Women, and the Economy of Gender, 1944-1954,” Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies (Volume 32, No. 2, 2011).


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