MSc International Relations of the Americas

Visiting Fellows

visiting fellowships

Current Visiting Fellows

The research community at UCL-IA is focused on producing ground-breaking research at the forefront of several academic disciplines while contributing to the development of interdisciplinary and transnational approaches to the study of the Americas. It is also actively engaged in research at the interface of scholarship and policy, engaging a broad range of stakeholders, including government, NGOs, communications media, and civil society, in the UK, the Americas, and beyond. UCL-IA Fellows actively participate in a variety of activities by contributing to the Institute’s events, research and teaching programmes. If you are interested in applying for a fellowship at UCL-IA, please consult our Fellowships page.

The Institute is delighted to currently be hosting the following visiting fellows:

Professor Roberto Gargarella (Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Argentina), is the 2014 Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professor at UCL Institute of the Americas (UCL-IA). During his six-month Visiting Professorship (January-June 2014) Professor Gargarella will engage in a range of activities, including lectures, workshops, seminars, and skills exchange visits to UK universities. The full schedule of events is available here.

A distinguished Argentine lawyer and sociologist, he has doctoral degrees from Universidad de Buenos Aires (1991) and University of Chicago (1993). He also holds Master Degrees from the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO, 1990) and University of Chicago (LLM, 1992). Professor Gargarella pursued his post-doctoral studies at Balliol College, Oxford. Professor Gargarella has also been awarded a John Simon Guggenheim scholarship (2000), and a Fulbright scholarship (2010). He has taught at numerous universities, including the New School for Social Research, Columbia University, Bergen University, and Southwestern University. In recent years, Professor Gargarella has specialised in comparative American Constitutionalism and published a number of articles and books that provide the foundations for his visit at UCL, including The Legal Foundation of Inequality: Constitutionalism in the Americas, 1776-1860 (Cambridge University Press, 2010), and 200 Years of Latin American Constitutionalism (Oxford University Press, 2013).

John Maynard Keynes Fellowship in US studies. Martin Halliwell's research interests span twentieth-century and contemporary American literature, US cultural and intellectual history, American film after 1945, the history of medicine and psychology, critical theory, and avant-garde culture. He has published work on the history of ideas, transatlantic literature and culture, American and European modernism, religion, psychoanalysis, medicine and psychiatry, film, and popular music. He is the author of eight books and two edited collections.

Expert on War Studies Royal Military College of Canada. Hal Klepak is Professor Emeritus of History and Strategy at the Royal Military College of Canada. He has his BA Honours International Relations from McGill University and his MA and PhD in History from the University of London. He has served as Strategic Analyst at both National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa and with NATO Headquarters in Brussels, initially specializing in the Middle East but then moving on to a greater concentration on Latin America.

Secretary of State for Sustainable Development and Environment (Tocantins State Brazil) in charge of the state issues in the related areas of water resources, environment and sustainable Development, from January 2011 to present.

Professor of History and Anthropology at the University of Florida, Prof Thurner’s research and teaching interests are in the areas of Postcolonial Theory, Colonial and Postcolonial Spanish American History, Historiography, Nationalism, and Museum Studies. He is currently carrying out research for two books: a global history of the museum, with an emphasis on Iberia and Latin America; and a history of the global historical imagination, with an emphasis also on the Iberian world.


UCL-IA/BAAS Fellowships in United States Studies

We are very pleased to host this fellowship which is designed to facilitate the development and completion of a significant research project focusing on the United States.

Nick is Lecturer in American Social and Cultural History at Canterbury Christ Church University. He holds a BA in History and Politics from the University of Warwick, and an MRes and PhD in American Studies from the University of Nottingham.

During the course of his UCL-IA/BAAS Fellowship in US Studies, Nick will work on a new, book-length research project that examines the concept of the “public intellectual” within the American historical profession during the cold war, focussing on the work of Richard Hofstadter, John Hope Franklin, Daniel Boorstin and Howard Zinn.