Institute of the Americas



As part of its commitment to promoting research on the Americas, the Institute is pleased to house the Palgrave Macmillan series Studies of the Americas, under the editorship of Professor Maxine Molyneux.

Titles in the Studies of the Americas Series include cross-disciplinary and comparative research on the US, Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada, particularly in the areas of politics, economics, history, anthropology, sociology, development, gender, social policy and the environment.

The series includes edited collections, which allows an exploration of a topic from several different disciplinary angles by eminent scholars; book-length studies providing a deeper focus on a single topic; and readers on specific themes.

Information on recent and forthcoming publications can be found below.

Proposals for consideration are welcomed and should be sent to

Guidance for authors on the preparation of a proposal is set out on the Palgrave website


Argentina Since the 2001 Crisis

Edited by Cara Levey, Daniel Ozarow and Christopher Wylde

This book brings together an exciting range of international scholars who analyze Argentina’s social, economic, and political implosion in 2001-02 and reflect on its legacies from a range of disciplinary perspectives. In these times of global crisis it is essential reading for any researcher, student or policy-maker interested in crisis, responses to it, as well as subsequent processes of recovery.

The Origins of Bourbon Reform in Spanish South America, 1700-1763

The Origins of Bourbon Reform in Spanish South America, 1700-1763

Pearce, Adrian

"Adrian Pearce's lucid analysis does much to enrich our understanding of the 'Bourbon century' of Spanish history. Through close scrutiny of politics and policies under the first Spanish Bourbons and an innovative emphasis on the part played by South American viceroys in initiating colonial reform, Pearce makes a powerful case for revising our preconceptions about the dynamics of reform in Spain's empire." Anthony McFarlane, University of Warwick, UK

The Political Empowerment of the Cocaleros of Bolivia and Peru

The Political Empowerment of the Cocaleros of Bolivia and Peru

Durand Ochoa, Ursula

"'The Bolivians made it, but the Peruvians did not’. By contrasting the origins and trajectories of coca farmers in Peru and Bolivia, Ursula Durand Ochoa highlights the importance of both contextual factors and the evolution of identities in determining the success–or otherwise–of social movements. She makes an important contribution to the literature on contentious peasant politics."

John Crabtree, Research Associate, Latin America Center, Oxford University, UK


Aesthetics and Politics in the Mexican Film Industry
MacLaird, Misha

Aesthetics and Politics in the Mexican Film Industry is the first English-language analysis of what some called a "renaissance" at the turn of the twenty-first century. It examines the years surrounding Mexico’s presidential elections in 2000 and the fall of the ruling party after seventy one years in power in order to better understand a moment when politics and cinema shared the limelight.

Politics and Power in Haiti

Politics and Power in Haiti
Quinn, Kate, Sutton, Paul

Examining the political legacies of the Duvalier period and after, and revisiting the work of the late David Nicholls, Politics and Power in Haiti provides some of the keys to understanding the turbulent world of Haitian politics and the persistent challenges at home and from abroad which have distorted Haiti’s development.


Latin America
Whitehead, Laurence
The overwhelming impact of Europe followed by precocious independence produced an exceptional outward orientation, which has prompted successive waves of reform. This book explores the resulting patterns that can be observed in multiple domains, through the optic of a 'mausoleum of modernity.'


Mexico's Struggle for Public Security
Philip, George; Berruecos, Susana
The Mexican government's full-frontal attack on the powerful drugs cartels has achieved mixed results. This book considers the issue from a variety of viewpoints. The essential argument is that the organized crime is best combated by institutional reforms directed at strengthening the rule of law rather than by a heavy reliance on armed force.


The Struggle for Power in Post-Independence Colombia and Venezuela
Brown, Matthew 
A collective biography of the veterans of the battle of El Santuario (1829), this book uses the untold stories of ordinary lives to examine the history of the imperial conflicts that shaped politics and society in Colombia and Venezuela after independence from colonial rule.


History and Language in the Andes
Pearce, Adrian; Heggarty, Paul, 
This book gathers ground-breaking, explicitly inter-disciplinary essays examining the Andean past, including history, languages, anthropology, and ethnohistory.


Negotiating the Free Trade Area of the Americas
Arashiro, Zuleika
The first detailed historical account of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) negotiations, this book covers the genesis of the project in the early 1990s to its demise in late 2003.


The Nitrate King
Edmundson, William
William Edmundson examines the spectacular life story of 'Colonel' John Thomas North, also known as 'The Nitrate King,' a mechanic in Leeds who became one of the best-known and richest men of his time. Forgotten in Britain and vilified in Chile and Peru, this is the first biography of a controversial but compelling figure.


Post-Colonial Trinidad
Clarke, Colin; Clarke, Gillian
This journal, originally kept as part of a study of race and ethnic relations in Trinidad, records daily field experiences where the observers/researchers were engaged in participant observation.


Modern Poetics and Hemispheric American Cultural Studies
Read, Justin
As the world becomes increasingly globalized, the integration of cultures within nations has become more and more relevant. Read takes a poetic approach to the concept of cultural conflict within nations and adds a new perspective that has rarely been seen in debate.


Visual Synergies in Fiction and Documentary Film from Latin America
Haddu, Miriam; Page, Joanna
This collection brings together leading international scholars and filmmakers focusing on Latin American cinema. Themes discussed include subjectivity, history, memory, representations of reality, cinema's relation to the public sphere, and issues of production, distribution and marketing.


Base Colonies in the Western Hemisphere, 1940-1967
High, Steven
This book examines the social, economic and political aftermath of the famous Anglo-American 'destroyers-for-bases' deal of 2nd September 1940 that saw fifty obsolete U.S. destroyers exchanged for 'base colonies' in Trinidad, Bermuda, Newfoundland and the Bahamas.


Wellbeing and Development in Peru
Copestake, James
This book presents findings of systematic research into the contested meanings of development and wellbeing from a country, Peru, which has recently experienced both rapid economic growth and deep social conflict.


Ronald Reagan and the 1980s
Hudson, Cheryl; Davies, Gareth
By the end of the 1980s, many Americans looked at the state of the nation with a renewed optimism, which was personified by an enduring American president - Ronald Wilson Reagan. The essays in this volume revisit the 1980s in order to examine the factors that contributed to his political and cultural triumphs and assess his legacy.


The Political Economy of Hemispheric Integration
Sánchez-Ancochea, Diego; Shadlen, Kenneth C
Benefiting from a truly Pan-American perspective, these essays evaluate the economics and politics of the new patterns of North-South integration in the particular context of the Americas, questioning if regional and bilateral trade agreements like NAFTA, CAFTA or the FTAA are appropriate mechanisms to promote economic development.


The Role of Mexico's Plural in Latin American Literary and Political Culture
King, John
In this book, the Mexican magazine Plural (1971-1976) provides a privileged vantage point from which to assess the developments that transformed Mexican and Latin American literary and political culture in the 1970s.


Faith and Impiety in Revolutionary Mexico
Butler, Matthew
While Mexico's spiritual history after the 1910 Revolution is often essentialized as a church-state power struggle, this book reveals the complexity of interactions between revolution and religion.

Peru in Theory

Peru in Theory
Drinot, Paulo

“In this superb collection, ten authors bring to bear the work of theorists ranging from Michel Foucault to Judith Butler to rethink two frustratingly pervasive characteristics of Peru: inequality and institutional flimsiness. This is not only an indispensable examination of Peru, but also a wide-ranging and creative dialogue about the power and limitations of theory.” - Charles Walker, University of California, Davis, USA

Gender, Globalization, and Health in a Latin American Context

Gender, Globalization, and Health in a Latin American Context

Gideon, Jasmine

“Jasmine Gideon has filled a much needed gap in understanding the links between globalization and gender relations. Her unique political economy framework demonstrates how important reforms in the health sector in Chile have been constructed on the basis of historic male bias, and contemporary deregulation and marketization of key social services. The book holds important lessons for the rest of Latin America, making it a must-read text for all scholars interested in understanding the dynamics of economic restructuring in a post-welfare world.” —Ruth Pearson, University of Leeds, UK


Sexual Violence During War and Peace

Boesten, Jelke

This book asks what sexual violence means from a socio-political perspective and in what ways contemporary "peacetime" violence is linked to wartime rape. Evidence from Peru and the internal armed conflict of 1980-2000 shows that acts of wartime rape are deeply embedded in existing configurations of gender and power..


Reconfiguring the Union: Civil War Transformations

Edited by Iwan W. Morgan  and Philip John Davies

From the perspective of the North, the Civil War began as a war to restore the Union and ended as a war to make a more perfect Union. The Civil War not only changed the moral meaning of the Union, it changed what the Union stood for in political, economic, and transnational terms.

Citizenship and Political Violence in Peru

Citizenship and Political Violence in Peru

Wilson, Fiona

"Aiming to historicize the violence of Peru's 1980s and 1990s,Fiona Wilson's solid study provides fresh insights on nineteenth-century participation, the political history of teachers, and twentieth century radicalism. . . (and) draws on an especially rich collection of municipal archive documents, local newspapers and interviews . . . " - Latin American Studies 


New Political Spaces in Latin American Natural Resource Governance
Haarstad, Håvard
Case studies written by anthropologists, geographers, and sociologists provide empirical detail and analytical insight into states' and communities' relations to natural resource sectors, and show how resource dependencies continue to shape their political spaces.


Raúl Castro and Cuba
Klepak, Hal
This book tells the story of the military life of Raúl Castro, an impressive military commander and highly original thinker who is also the longest-serving minister of defense of any country in recent times.


Taxation and Society in Twentieth-Century Argentina
Sánchez Román, José Antonio
This book provides a historical narrative of the Argentine tax system in the twentieth century. It argues that the failure to build permanent trust between the state and the civil society and the unraveling of confidence within Argentine society itself account for the collapse of the progressive tax system.


The Hispanic World and American Intellectual Life, 1820-1880
Jaksic, Iván
This book examines why several American literary and intellectual icons found themselves to be pioneering scholars and lifelong students of the Hispanic world. The author asserts that these gifted Americans focused on the Hispanic world that they might shape their own country's identity after Independence and the War of 1812.


Cross-Border Migration among Latin Americans
McIlwaine, Cathy
This book aims to address this neglect in the European context with concentration on the UK case. Conceptually, it explores the meanings of diaspora and whether this is an appropriate concept to refer to Latin American migration to Europe in particular.


The Origins of Mercosur
Gardini, Gian Luca
This book is a study of the processes of democratization and regionalization in the Southern Cone of Latin America, which ran roughly parallel to one another between 1985 and 1991.


The Judicialization of Politics in Latin America
Angell, Alan; Schjolden, Line; Sieder, Rachel
This collection of essays analyzes the diverse manifestations of the judicialization of politics in contemporary Latin America, assessing their positive and negative consequences for state-society relations, the rule of law, and democratic governance in the region.


Belize's Independence and Decolonization in Latin America
Shoman, Assad
This book provides an account of Belize's struggle for independence in the face of Guatemala's territorial claim, written by a key player in the independence struggle


Youth Violence in Latin America
Jones, Gareth A.; Rodgers, Dennis
This volume provides a systematic overview of the contemporary Latin American youth violence phenomenon. The authors focus specifically on youth gangs, juvenile justice issues, and applied research concerns, providing a rounded and balanced exploration of this increasingly important topic.


Governance after Neoliberalism in Latin America
Grugel, Jean; Riggirozzi, Pía
Two decades of neoliberalism in Latin America have left legacies of uneven growth, inequity and lackluster democracy. This book offers an original and grounded discussion of what governance after neoliberalism means in Latin America and examines how states are pursuing more independent development strategies and models of democracy.


Cuban Medical Internationalism
Kirk, John M.; Erisman, H. Michael
This book, the result of four years of research, provides an updated analysis of Cuba's extraordinary record in public health.


Beyond Neoliberalism in Latin America?
Burdick, John; Oxhorn, Philip; Roberts, Kenneth M
While the neoliberal model continues to dominate economic and political life in Latin America, people throughout the region have begun to strategize about how to move beyond this model. Twelve cutting-edge papers investigate how Latin Americans are struggling to articulate a future in which neoliberalism is reconfigured.


The Federal Nation
Morgan, Iwan W; Davies, Philip J
This volume gathers contributors from both the US and UK to provide a comparative examination of federalism in the Bush era, a period of huge change in national politics, but also one of significant shifts in US federalism in relation to social and socioeconomic issues.


Reinventing Modernity in Latin America
Miller, Nicola
This is an exploration of how Latin America developed an alternative modernity during the early twentieth century, one that challenges the key assumptions of the Western dominant model. 


The Republican Party and Immigration Politics
Wroe, Andrew
This book examines the 1990s backlash against illegal immigrants. Wroe explains why many Americans turned against immigration, looking at the origins of California's Proposition 187 and its wider political implications.


Small States in Global Affairs
Braveboy-Wagner, Jacqueline Anne
This book updates the 1989 volume 'Caribbean in World Affairs' providing a comprehensive and theoretically-grounded account of diplomatic developments in the Caribbean. The new material includes attention to the changed global setting, updated theoretical developments in foreign policy, and the inclusion of Haiti and Suriname.