Institute of the Americas



Dr Malu Gatto Joins UCL Americas

UCL Institute of the Americas is glad to welcome Dr Malu Gatto as a member of our academic staff. From January 2019, Malu A. C. Gatto will be Lecturer (Assistant Professor) of Latin American Politics at the UCL Institute of the Americas. Currently, she is a postdoctoral researcher (Oberassistentin) at the Department of Political Science of the University of Zurich, and from June to September 2018, she will be a Research Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. More about Dr Gatto here.

Publication date:

UCL Press announces new open access Modern Americas series

UCL Press publishes a variety of series to meet the needs of today's academics. Its open access  Modern Americas series publishes books on the culture, politics, and history of the Americas from the nineteenth century to the present day. The series aims to foster national, international, trans-national, and comparative approaches to topics in the region, including those that bridge geographical and/or disciplinary divides, such as between the disparate parts of the hemisphere covered by the series (the US, Latin America, Canada, and the Caribbean) or between the humanities and social/natural sciences. 

Publication date:

UCL Americas Allende Dissertation Prize Winner Announced

One of the highly competitive dissertation prizes awarded by UCL Institute of the Americas every year is the Allende Prize, awarded to mark an outstanding piece of original research in Latin American themes. This year, we are pleased to announce the winner is Virut Helminrat (MA Latin American Studies, 2016-17) for: Commodity Trade with China and Latin American Industrialisation during the 2000s’ Commodity Boom.

Publication date:

Winner of UCL Americas Roosevelt Dissertation Prize Announced

UCL Institute of the Americas is pleased to announce the winner of the institute's Roosevelt Prize for the best dissertation on a US theme for the academic year 2016-17, Kimberly G. Schreiber. Her dissertation title is: Searching for the Sunbelt: The Role of the American South in the Environmental Protection Agency's Project DOCUMERICA, 1971-1977

Publication date:

Research Funding at UCL Americas: AHRC, ESRC, and more

UCL Institute of the Americas is pleased to announce the calls for applications for various prestigious research funding schemes: AHRC LAHP, ESRC UBEL, UCL GRS and UCL ORS. Some schemes are now open, others have announced precise opening and deadline dates, and some will be announced shortly. In general, potential candidates are advised to make contact with UCL Americas now for informal discussions and consultations. Please find more detailed information here.

Publication date:

Successful roundtable with Mexican human rights defenders

UCL Institute of the Americas was honoured to host an exceedingly well attended roundtable with two human rights defenders from the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca, Ms Rosalinda Dionicio and Mr Marcos Leyva. This event, co-organised with Peace Brigades International UK (PBI UK), took place on October 18 2017 and was convened by Dr Per Engstrom, Senior Lecturer in Human Rights and chaired by PhD researcher Maria de Vecchi, both from UCL Americas. More details here.

Publication date:

Roundtable to mark anniversary of Che's death

UCL Americas was honored to organise and host a roundtable to mark the 50th anniversary of Ernesto 'Che' Guevara's execution in Bolivia. Eminent scholars and eye witnesses to the event got together to offer their views and insights on different aspects of Che's complex personality, as a man, policy-maker and legend. This event, which took place on October 9th, was convened by Dr. Emily Morris, UCL Institute of the Americas Honorary Research Fellow and chaired by Dr. Paulo Drinot, Senior Lecturer in Latin American History, UCL Institute of the Americas and editor ofChe's Travels: The Making of a Revolutionary in 1950s Latin America. A podcast of the presentations and discussions is available here.

Publication date:

Chilean University Delegation Visits UCL Americas

Professor Ana María Yévenes, Director of the Department of Family Studies of Finis Terrae University in Santiago, Chile, visited UCL Institute of the Americas with ten of her students to meet with Professor Maxine Molyneux. The purpose of the visit was to meet with scholars in the field and to make students aware of the opportunities in Europe for further study and research in  family and gender studies. To this end, UCL Institute of the Americas and Cambridge were the two UK universities that were selected to visit. Professor Molyneux was asked to talk about her current policy-related research on gender and the family and a lively seminar and exchange of information about ongoing research took place.

Publication date: