Newsletter 2013     For an in-depth update on developments at the Institute of Americas, see our Newsletter.


British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow Dr Juan Grigera to join UCL-IA

UCL-IA is pleased to announce that Dr Juan Grigera has been awarded a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship of £250,000 to be held at UCL-IA, and will be joining us in October. 

Published: Jul 14, 2014 9:56:39 AM

Third conference of the Westminster in the Caribbean network

Dr Kate Quinn (UCL-IA) and Prof Brian Meeks (UWI) convene the third conference of the AHRC-funded Westminster In Caribbean (WIC) network, which examines contemporary processes of political reform in the region, assessing attempts to modify, regenerate, or overhaul the Westminster model of governance in the post-independence Caribbean. It will take place on September 11-12 at the University of the West Indies, Mona. For more details on this event, please click here. More...

Published: Jun 27, 2014 10:25:27 AM

UCL-IA sponsors SLAS Keynote Speech

On April 4, UCL-Institute of the Americas was honored to host and sponsor the second keynote speech to mark the 50th Anniversary Conference of the Society for Latin American Studies (SLAS), delivered by Professor Javier Auyero (University of Texas at Austin). You can view his lecture 'Towards a Political Sociology of Urban Marginality' here.

Published: May 16, 2014 4:40:59 PM

New UCL-IA Director Appointed

UCL-Institute of the Americas is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Jonathan Bell as its new director. Professor Bell will take up his post on 1 September 2014. He is currently a member of the Department of History at the University of Reading, where he was head of department from 2008-09 to 2012-13. He holds a BA from Oxford University and a PhD from Cambridge University.

Published: May 12, 2014 4:01:11 PM

UCL-IA Staff Nominated to Student Choice Teaching Awards

Congratulations to our colleagues Iwan Morgan and Per Engstrom on their nominations to the UCLU Student Choice Teaching Awards: Iwan in the category of Outstanding Researcher Development and Per in the area of Outstanding Personal Support. You can view the full list of nominations here.

Published: May 12, 2014 3:54:34 PM

Iwan Morgan's article on Ronald Reagan for BBC History Magazine

Read Iwan's article on BBC History Magazine on ten (not widely known) facts about Ronald Reagan's life and career before, during and after his Hollywood years. Prof Iwan Morgan will be delivering the lecture 'Ronald Reagan Movie Star' as part of the UCL Festival of the Arts 2014, on May 28 at 18:30.

Published: May 2, 2014 12:19:07 PM

Verena Braehler talks to The Telegraph about violence in Rio de Janeiro

UCL-Institute of the Americas PhD student Verena Braehler interviewed by The Telegraph on the escalation of violence in Rio de Janeiro as soccer World Cup start approaches. Read more here.

Published: May 2, 2014 10:07:54 AM

Tony McCulloch Elected President of BACS

UCL Institute of the Americas (UCL-IA) is pleased to announce that Dr Tony McCulloch, Senior Fellow in North American Studies at the Institute, has been elected President of the British Association for Canadian Studies (BACS). His term of office runs for three years, from April 2104 to April 2017, and during this period he will be representing BACS at UK and international conferences including the annual meeting of the International Council for Canadian Studies (ICCS) in Ottawa at the end of May. In addition, the BACS Office - which will be responsible for the organisation of the 40th anniversary BACS conference to be held at the British Library in April 2015 - will be located at the UCL Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square, WC1H 0PN. More...

Published: May 1, 2014 3:32:35 PM

Iwan Morgan Awarded BAAS Honorary Fellowship

UCL Institute of the Americas (UCL-IA) is delighted to announce that the British Association of American Studies (BAAS) has awarded Iwan Morgan, Professor of US Studies and Commonwealth Fund Professor of American History (and presently UCL-IA acting director), as BAAS Honorary Fellow for 2014.  Iwan is the seventh holder of this annual award that was created in 2008.  The BAAS Honorary Fellowship recognizes academics who have made outstanding contributions to American Studies scholarship and teaching across the course of a distinguished career. The formal award was made on April 12 at the banquet of the BAAS annual conference held at the University of Birmingham.  Iwan also delivered the plenary address to this conference in a separate capacity as the British Library's Eccles Centre BAAS lecturer for 2014.  He spoke on: 'The Eternal Red Peril: Deficits and Debt in American History from Jefferson to Obama.'

Published: Apr 24, 2014 5:08:59 PM

Leverhulme Trust International Network award: The Inter-American Human Rights System: Assessing its Development and Impact

UCL Institute of the Americas is pleased to announce the award for an international Network grant by the Leverhulme Trust (IN-2014-013) for a two-year research project entitled ‘The Inter-American Human Rights System: Assessing its Development and Impact’, to be led by UCL-IA's Dr Par Engstrom, Lecturer in Human Rights, as Principal Investigator.

Published: Mar 31, 2014 4:20:37 PM

Felipe Fernandez Armesto at UCL

UCL-Institute of the Americas was honored to host Prof Felipe Fernandez-Armesto on March 6 to deliver this lecture on the occasion of the launch of his latest book Our America. A Hispanic History of the United States (W.W.Norton and Company, London 2014).

Published: Mar 12, 2014 3:29:57 PM