Professor of History (Latin America, Nicaragua)


Ph.D. Latin American History
University of California, Los Angeles

M.A. Latin American Studies
University of California, Los Angeles

B.A. Journalism
Rider College

Julie A. Charlip came to Whitman College in 1993, and works on the social and political history of Latin America. She published her first book, Cultivating Coffee: The Farmers of Carazo, Nicaragua, 1880-1930, with Ohio University Press in 2003. Since 2002, she has been responsible for the revised editions (editions 7-10) of Julie A. Charlip and E. Bradford Burns, Latin America: An Interpretive History, published by Pearson/Prentice Hall. She became the primary author of that text with the 9th edition in 2011. She has published articles in journals such as Latin American Perspectives and collections including the Blackwell Companion to Latin American History. Her sourcebook Consider the Source: Documents in Latin American History appeared in its second edition in 2011. She is currently working on Costa Rica's military in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.

At Whitman, she teaches general courses on Latin American History, as well as the religious, social and environmental history of the region, and a comparative course on Cuba and Nicaragua. In addition, she has won numerous Perry and Abshire Research Grants to conduct research with Whitman undergraduates.

In 2011, Whitman presented Professor Charlip with the Suzanne L. Martin Award for Excellence in Mentoring.