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Ramirez, Susan E. (1946–) - Colonial Spanish American History

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Susan Elizabeth Ramirez was born on October 11, 1946, in Toledo, Ohio, of Mexican, Irish, and German ancestry. Her immigrant father, Eduardo Ramirez, sold and repaired typewriters, and her mother, Helen McCartney Ramirez, was a full-time homemaker. In addition to scouting and the YMCA, her parents provided a great influence on her young life. Susan attended elementary school and high school in Chicago and in Elmhurst, Illinois.

Ramirez’s father was opposed to higher education for women but, she argues, he provided her with a thirst for learning about her heritage by taking the family on frequent trips to Mexico. It was her mother, however, who had the greatest influence on Ramirez’s future. “The most crucial thing that ever happened to me was that my father wouldn’t let me go to college,” she later recalled. “But my mother schemed with the high school counselor and she got me accepted at the University of Illinois-Urbana. I was so thrilled to be tapped for college. I was packed before I graduated.”

Susan Ramirez attended the University of Illinois at Urbana, earning high honors and distinction in Latin American studies. She then received a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in history at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, in 1973 and 1977. She was drawn to history because it “gave me the freedom to do what I want,” she stated, but she also pursued a graduate certificate in business administration at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, Ramirez studied demography at Cornell University and anthropology at Centro Intercultural de Documentacion in Mexico.

Ramirez’s first academic position was as assistant professor of history at Ohio University in Athens, where she worked from 1977 to 1982. She served, while there, as associate director of Latin American studies from 1979 to 1980. In 1982 she accepted a position as assistant professor of history at DePaul University in Chicago, where she still works. Ramirez was promoted to associate professor in 1984 and professor in 1989. She also serves as the co-director of Latin American studies.

Author, editor, or translator of four books and more than twenty-five articles, Ramirez is an award-winning historian. Her article “The Dueno de Indios,” published in Hispanic American Historical Review in 1987, received an honorable mention for the 1988 James Alexander Memorial Prize for the Conference on Latin American History, and her book Provincial Patriarchs received an Outstanding Book Award from Choice magazine.

Ramirez has received grants from the Fulbright Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Social Science Research Council, and the Rockefeller Foundation. She has served on the editorial board of The Americas , as president of the Illinois Congress of Latin Americanists, and on the executive board of the Rocky Mountain Council on Latin American Studies. She is currently editor of South American ethnohistory for Handbook of Latin American Studies , to be published by the Library of Congress.

Among her hobbies are Latin American colonial history, Andean ethnohistory, stamp collecting, textile collecting, and music.

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FAVOR DE ENVIAR MENSAJE A SUSAN RAMIREZ: BUENOS DIAS! TRUST ALL GOES WELL FOR YOU, FAMILY, ACADEMICS, STUDIES, WRITINGS, AND TRAVELS TO AMERICA LATINA...LET ME KNOW IF YOU ARE STILL IN CHICAGO?? KEEP WELL! SALUDOS Y ABRAZOS..SIEMPRE...TU AMIGO..JAY..CIAO Y ADIOS..