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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.
Hugh Wilford is Professor of United States History at California State University, Long Beach. A historian of twentieth-century US culture and foreign relations, he has written or edited five books, including The Mighty Wurlitzer: How the CIA Played America (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2008) and America’s Great Game: The CIA’s Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East (New York: Basic Books, 2013), winner of the Gold Medal, 2014 Washington Institute for Near East Policy Book Prize.
Professor Wilford will be based in London during spring 2015 teaching on his university’s study abroad programme, and looks forward greatly to participating in the research life of UCL-IA.
Dr Scarfi received his PhD in 2014 from the University of
Cambridge. His research interests include the history of international law,
human rights and political thought and the history of international relations
with a particular focus on U.S.-Latin American relations. He taught History of
South American External Relations at Cambridge and has supervised undergraduate
students on Ethics and World Politics, U.S Foreign Policy and the History of Political
Thought. In 2011, he was a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University.
He is the author of El imperio de la ley: James Brown Scott y la construcción de un orden jurídico interamericano (Buenos Aires: Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2014). His work has been published in the journals Diplomatic History and Revista Complutense de Historia de América. He is currently completing an edited volume (with Andrew Tillman) on U.S.-Latin American relations to be published by Palgrave Macmillan and revising a manuscript on the history of international law and Pan-Americanism in the Americas in the early twentieth century.
Dr O'Connell is a Lecturer in American History at the University of Gloucestershire. He obtained his PhD in 2013 on the birth of transatlantic interest in the blues and African American music. He got his first degree from the University of Leeds in 2001, and completed an MA in American Studies at Kings College London in 2006.
As part of the BAAS/UCL-IA Fellowship, Christian will be working on a new project which examines the black American South in British popular culture. He will be looking at representations of the life, culture and history the black South in popular programmes, starting from The Black and White Minstrel Show, up to recent documentaries by Sir Trevor MacDonald, Rick Stein and Hugh Laurie.
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.
Professor Klepak 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.
Dr Mallet received her PhD in 2013 from the Sorbonne University. She was a Fulbright scholar (2012-13) and then a Postdoctoral researcher at Harvard University (2013-14), in the Sociology Department. She is currently a lecturer at the Sorbonne University - Paris IV.
Her research interests are immigration, Latino studies and race and ethnic relations. She is currently working on several projects, amongst which a book project looking at Latino intra-group relations and a collaborative project examining Latino immigrants' experiences with social services.
The Institute has been honored to have hosted the following visiting fellows in the past:
Richard Follett is Professor of American History at the University of
Sussex and for 2014-15, the British Association for American Studies--UCL
Institute of the Americas research fellow.
Professor Follett is currently writing White Fright: Slave Revolts in American Memory, a history of slave rebellions and their legacies from the 18th to early 20th centuries. He is also completing Plantation Kingdom: The American South and its Global Commodities, co-authored with Sven Beckert, Peter Coclanis, and Barbara Hahn. Both books are under contract with Johns Hopkins University Press.
- Professor Manuel Olle Sese
Professor PhD of Criminal Law and International Criminal Law at the
Universidad Complutense of Madrid, Spain. Corresponding Member of the Royal
Academy of Jurisprudence and Legislation of Spain. Author of numerous articles,
monographs and doctrinal opinions in national and international journals.
Professor Olle is a member of various projects of national and international research on international crimes, especially in the Americas. Counsel before courts and international institutions. Member and manager of various international missions related to the defense of Human Rights and the prosecution of international crimes.
Assistant Professor at Universitat Jaume I (Castellon, Spain). She
has a Degree in Geography and History from Universidad Nacional de Educación a
Distancia UNED Spain), and a Ph.D. in History from Universitat Jaume I.
Professor Sanchez's two main lines of research are focused on the history of anarchism in Spain and Cuba at the beginning of the twentieth century, and on colonial Cuba, especially slavery, during the nineteenth century
Professor Roberto Gargarella (Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Argentina), was the 2014 Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professor at UCL Institute of the Americas (UCL-IA). He is a distinguished Argentine lawyer and sociologist, with 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. He has also been awarded a John Simon Guggenheim scholarship (2000), and a Fulbright scholarship (2010), and 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, which provided the foundations for his visit to UCL.
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.
- Dr Nick Witham
Dr Witham held the UCL-IA/BAAS Fellowship in United States Studies in early 2014. 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 worked 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.