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Dr Paulo Drinot
Senior Lecturer in Latin American History
Prior to coming to UCL, Paulo Drinot was Senior Lecturer in Latin American History at the Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London, 2010-2012. He has taught at the Universities of Manchester, Leeds and Oxford. He studied economic history at the London School of Economics as an undergraduate and read for an MPhil in Latin American Studies and a DPhil in Modern History at Oxford. His main research focus is the history of Peru in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. His thematic interests include labour history and state formation, racism and exclusion, gender and sexuality, the social history of medicine, and memory and historiography.
Paulo Drinot currently teaches "From Silver to Cocaine: Commodities in the History of Latin America", which uses the history of several commodities, including sugar, coffees, bananas and oil, among others, to explore the history of the region and its connections with global history.
He also contributes to "Economic Policy and Social Development".
Areas of Supervision
Although primarily a historian of modern Peru, Dr Drinot supervised MA and PhD dissertations on a range of countries and topics, including Puerto Rican labour history, the history of women in 1940s Mexico, the memory of the Chilean coup in Britain, and sex workers in the US-Mexico border.
He is keen to supervise students in the following areas:
- Labour and working-class history
- History of gender and sexuality
- History of race and ethnicity
- History of medicine and public health
- History of commodities
- Memory and memorialization
- History of state formation
- History of social policy
Publications and working papers
In preparation The Great Depression in the Americas and its Legacies. Co-editor with Alan Knight.
In preparation Cultures of Hygiene in Latin America and the Caribbean: Comparative Approaches to the History of Public Health. Co-editor with Laurence Brown.
In preparation La Patria Nueva: Economia, Sociedad y Cultura. Editor.
In preparation Peru in Theory: From Tocquevulle to Judith Butler. Editor.
2011 The Allure of Labor: Workers, Race, and the Making of the Peruvian State. Duke University Press.
2010 Che's Travels: The Making of a Revolutionary in 1950s Latin America, Duke University Press. Editor.
2006 Historiografia, identidad historiográfica y conciencia histórica en el Perú. Lima: Editorial Universitaria Ricardo Palma.
2005 Más allá de la dominación y la resistencia: estudios de historia peruna, siglos XVI-XX
Selected articles and book chapters
Forthcoming 'Creole Anti-Communism: Labor, the Peruvian Communist Party and APRA, 1930-1934', Hispanic American Historical Review (2012).
2011 'Web-Site of Memory: The War of the Pacific (1879-1884) in the Global Age of YouTube', Memory Studies 4:4, pp.370-385.
2011 'The Meaning of Alan García: Sovereignty and Governmentality in Neoliberal Peru', Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies 20:2, pp. 179-195.
2010 'Venereal Diseases and Race in Peru, c. 1900-1950', Global South 6:3 (July), pp. 54-63.
2009 'O advento do social: política, Estado e a Grande Depressão no Peru [The Rise of the Social: Politics, the State, and the Great Depression in Peru]', in Flávio Limoncic e Francisco Carlos Palomanes Martinho (eds.), A Grande Depressão. Politica e economia na década de 1930, Europa, Américas, Africa e Asia (Rio de Janeiro: Civilização Brasileira), pp.143-170.
2009 'For Whom the Eye Cries: Memory, Monumentality, and the Ontologies of Violence in Peru', Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies 18:1, pp. 15-32.
2007 'Hegemony from Below: Print Workers, the State, and the Communist Party in Peru, 1920-1940' in John Chalcraft and Yaseen Noorani (eds.), Counterhegemony in the Colony and Postcolony (London: Routledge), pp. 204-227.
2006 'Nation-building, Racism, and Inequality: Institutional Development in Peru in Historical Perspective' in John Crabtree (ed.), Making Institutions Work in Peru: Democracy, Development, and Inequality Since 1980 (London: Institute for the Study of the Americas), pp. 5-23.
2006 'Moralidad, moda y sexualidad: El contexto moral de la creación del barrio rojo de Lima' ['Morality, Fashion, and Sexuality: The Moral Context of the Creation of Lima's Red-light District'], in Scarlett O'Phelan y Margarita Zegarra (eds.), Mujeres, Familia y Sociedad en la Historia de América Latina, siglos XVIII-XXI (Lima: Instituto Riva Agüero), pp. 333-354.
2005 'Food, Race, and Working-Class Identity: Populism and Restaurantes Populares in Peru', in The Americas 62:2 October, pp. 245-270.
2004 'Madness, Neurasthenia and 'Modernity': Medico-legal and Popular Interpretations of Suicide in Early Twentieth-Century Lima', in Latin American Research Review 39:2 (June), pp. 89-113.
2004 'The 1934 Southern Railway Strike in Peru', in Bulletin of Latin American Research 23:1 (January). pp. 1-29.
2003 'Fighting for a Closed Shop: The 1931 Lima Bakery Workers' Strike' in Journal of Latin American Studies, 35:2 (May), pp. 249-278.
2000 'Peru, 1884-1930: A Beggar Sitting on a Bench of Gold?' in Enrique Cardenas, José Antonio Ocampo and Rosemary Thorp (eds.), An Economic History of Twentieth-Century Latin America. Volume 1: The Export Age: The Latin American Economies in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries (Basingstoke: Palgrave), pp. 152-87.
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