Michael Hogan is a novelist, historian, professor, speaker and international consultant who has journeyed from his birthplace of Newport, Rhode Island to his current home in Guadalajara, Jalisco, a state in Mexico bordering the Pacific Ocean.
Educated at Boston College, the University of Arizona and the University of Guadalajara, Hogan earned a master’s degree in creative writing and went on to achieve a doctorate in international relations and Latin American history.
With roots in Tipperary, Cork and Kerry, he has explored the intersection of Irish and Mexican history in his 1996 book "Irish Soldiers of Mexico" as well as his novel "Molly Malone and the San Patricios".
The former, which inspired an MGM feature film as well as an award-winning documentary, records the story of the Irish “San Patricios” who fought on the Mexican side of the Mexican-American War.
Hogan has written a collection of essays on Latin America, a collection of short stories, textbooks on teaching, and poetry. He has been awarded the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for Creative Writing and two Pushcart Prizes, as well as a PEN award.
In 1989, Hogan became the head of the English department at the American School of Guadalajara, a post he held until 2004. In this capacity, he began the magazine Sin Fronteras, which has been honored for several years as the best international student literary magazine by the National Council of English Teachers.
In 2004, Hogan became the deputy director of the College Board’s AP Initiative to acknowledge top quality universities in Latin America that admit American and Canadian students to study.
Hogan has served as a historical consultant to the Irish Embassy in Mexico and consultant for the land mine removal initiative in Nicaragua. He is currently the Latin American consultant for the U.S. State Department’s Office of Overseas Schools.
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