Margaret Power

  • Professor Emeritus
  • Director, Dual Admission Honors Law Program
  • Pre-Law Advisor

Margaret Power is a professor of history who focuses on Latin America, women, and gender. Her earlier work explored why a large number of Chilean women opposed the socialist government of Salvador Allende (1970-73) and supported the military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990). She also explored various expressions of the global and transnational Right. She recently co-authored a book on Norvelt, a New Deal community in southwest Pennsylvania named for Eleanor Roosevelt. She is currently writing a book titled Solidarity across the Americas: The Puerto Rican Nationalist Party vs. U.S. Colonialism.


Seeking Ph.D. students with interests in:

Learning about and doing historical research

Utilizing digital humanities methods in research and producing online materials to publicize and communicate their research

Speaking Spanish


Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago
M.A., San Francisco State
B.A., Georgetown University

Research Interests

Latin America (Chile and Puerto Rico)



Human Rights

The Right

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

American History Association

Latin American Studies Association

Puerto Rican Studies Association

Congress on Latin American History


Julia Beveridge Award

Dean's Award for Teaching, May 2014

College of Arts and Sciences Award for Teaching, December 2013

January 2010 Congress on Latin American History (CLAH) Honorable Mention for "The Engendering of Anti-Communism and Fear in Chile's 1964 Presidential Election," Diplomatic History.



Hope in Hard Times: Norvelt and the Struggle for Community During the Great Depression. Co-written with Timothy Kelly and Michael Cary. University Park: Penn State University Press, 2016.

New Perspectives on the Transnational Right. Co-edited with Martin Durham. New York: Palgrave/McMillan, 2010.

La mujer de derecha: El Poder Femenino y la lucha contra Allende, 1964-1973, Santiago: DIBAM (the National Library of Chile), 2008.

Right-Wing Women in Chile: Feminine Power and the Struggle against Allende, 1964-1973. Penn State University Press, 2002.

Right-Wing Women: From Conservatives to Extremists around the World, co-edited with Paola Bacchetta. Routledge Press, 2002.


Co-editor, “Puerto Rico: A Colony in a Post-Colonial World,” Radical History Review No. 128, May 2017.

Co-editor, “North American Solidarity with Latin America,” Latin American Perspectives, November 2009.

Articles and Chapters

“Discursos anticomunistas y antisocialistas de mujeres conservadoras en Brasil y Chile en las décadas de 1960 y 1970,” El pensamiento conservador y derechista en América Latina, España y Portugal, siglos XIX y XX, Fabio Kolar, Ulrich Mücke, eds., Madrid: Iberoamericana ; Frankfurt: Vervuert, 2019.

“Trump, the Republican Party, and Westmoreland County,” Political Research Associates, August 4, 2018.

“Women, Gender, and the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party,” in Gendering Nationalism. Intersections of Nation, Gender and Sexuality, eds. Jon Mulholland, Nicola Montagna, Erin Sanders-McDonagh, London, England: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.

“Rise of the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party, 1922-1954,” 50 Events that Shaped Latino History. An Encyclopedia of the American Mosaic, vol. 1, Lilia Fernández, ed., Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2018, pp. 295-312.

“Editors’ Introduction”; "If people had not been willing to give their lives for the patria or there had not been the political prisoners, then we would be nothing”'; “From an early age, I had this idea about Puerto Ricanness: Interview with José E. López". Radical History Review. No. 128, May 2017.

“Puerto Rico Nationalism in Chicago,” Centro Journal vol. XXVIII, No 11, Fall 2016.

“Afterword,” Pensar las derechas en América Latina en el siglo XX, Paris, France: Nuevos Mundos/Mundo Nuevo, January 2016;

“Puerto Rico: The United States’ Unacknowledged Colony in the Caribbean,” In Achankeng Fonkem (Ed.). Nationalism and Intra-State Conflicts in the Postcolonial World (pp. ?-?). Lanham: Lexington Books, 2015

“Who but a Woman? The Transnational Diffusion of Anti-Communism among Conservative Women in Brazil, Chile and the United States during the Cold War,” Journal of Latin American Studies, Volume 47, Issue 01, February 2015, pp. 93 – 119.

With Alison Bruey, Jessica Stites Mor, and Molly Todd, “Authors’ Response to comments on Human Rights and Transnational Solidarity in Cold War Latin America,” H-Diplo, Vol. xv, No. 32 2014,

"Transnational Connections among Right-Wing Women: Brazil, Chile, and the United States," Varia Historia, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, vol. 30, no 52, p. 67-83, Jan/Apr 2014.

“How Right-Wing Women Enabled Military Dictatorships: Chile, 1973,” in Women and Gender in Modern Latin America. Historical Sources and Interpretations, ed. Pamela S. Murray, New York: Routledge, 2014.

“Women Lead the Opposition to Allende: Interview with Carmen Saenz,” in The Chile Reader: History, Culture, Politics, eds. Elizabeth Quay Hutchinson, Thomas Miller Klubock, Nana R. Milanich, and Peter Winn, Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2014.

“Nationalism in a Colonized Nation: The Nationalist Party and Puerto Rico,” Memorias. Revista Digital de Historia y Arqueología Desde el Caribe Colombiano, Vol. 10, No. 20, May-August 2013.

“From Freedom Fighters to Patriots: The Successful Campaign to Release the FALN Political Prisoners, 1980-1999,” Centro Journal, vol. 25, no. 1, Spring 2013.

“The Puerto Rican Nationalist Party and Transnational Solidarity: Latin American Anti-colonialism vs. the United States during the Cold War in Latin America,” in Human Rights and Transnational Solidarity in Cold War Latin America, ed. Jessica Stites Mor, University of Wisconsin Press, 2013.

“Puerto Rican Women Nationalists vs. U.S. Colonialism: An exploration of their conditions and struggles in jail and in court,” Chicago Kent College of Law Review, 2012.

“Brazil, Chile, and the United States: Transnational Connections among Right-Wing Women,” in Women of the Right: Comparisons and Exchanges across National Borders, Eds. Kathleen Blee and Sandra McGee Deutsch, University Park: Penn State University Press, 2012.

“The First National Congress of Scientists in Chile: The Popular Unity Government, Technology, Science, and Development,” SudHistoria Vol 2, No. 2, January – June 2011.

“Last but Not Least: The Fight to Release Oscar López Rivera,” NACLA Report on the Americas Vol. 44, No. 1, January/February 2011.

“The U.S. Movement in Solidarity with Chile in the 1970s,” Latin American Perspectives, November 2009.

“The Engendering of Anti-Communism and Fear in Chile’s 1964 Presidential Election,“ Diplomatic History, November 2008.