JOHN

BRATZEL

PROFESSOR

WRITING, RHETORIC AND AMERICAN CULTURES

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

 

 

Dr. Bratzel received his Ph.D. in History from Michigan State University and also studied at the Centro de Documentación Intercultural in Cuernavaca, Mexico. In 1983, Bratzel won the prestigious MSU Teacher-Scholar Award for excellence in both teaching and scholarship. In 1994, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies awarded him its Distinguished Faculty Award. In addition to tier 1 writing courses, he has taught IAH and graduate and undergraduate courses in American studies and Latin American studies. He has recently developed a new IAH course, Latin America and the World, and has led study abroad programs to the Regional Technological Institute in Merida, Mexico.

Dr. Bratzel has been acting chair and associate chair of the Department of American Thought and Language. Currently, he is the graduate coordinator for the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. He is also the national coordinator for the eLCTL initiative to coordinate and organize the offering of Latin American Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTLs).

Dr. Bratzel has published extensively on the role of German and Japanese espionage in Latin America during World War II. The Shadow War: German Espionage and United States Counterespionage in Latin America won the Best Book prize from the National Intelligence Center. He has also published works on the perceptions of Latin Americans in the United States as defined in the popular media. He has also published eighteen articles, many on the perceptions of Latin Americans in the United States as defined in the popular media.