She won the prestigious John Simon Guggenheim fellowship (2002) and the Gold Medal from the Lima Metropolitan City Council (2011). Her Irish great-grandparents, Thomas Mc Evoy and Martha Feeley, migrated to Peru during the Great Famine.
Ambassador Mc Evoy has taught at the University of San Diego (1989-1995), as well as at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (1996-1999), and The University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee, from 1995 until appointed Ambassador. A weekly contributor of the prestigious newspaper El Comercio (Lima) and a member of Peru’s History Academy, her work has contributed to the renovation of the political and intellectual historiography of Peru and Chile.
Among her books, the most recognized are:
- A National Project of the XIX Century: Manuel Pardo and his vision for Peru (1994)
- The Republican Utopia: ideals and realities in the formation of Peruvian political culture, 1871-1919 (1997)
- Forging a nation: Essays on republican history (1999)
- Homo Politicus: Manuel Pardo and the dilemmas of Peruvian politics, 1871-1878 (2007)
- Civilizing Warriors: Politics, society and culture in Chile during the War of the Pacific (2011)
- Chile in Perú: The occupation viewed from its documents, 1881-1884 (2016)