Institute of the Americas



The Institute of the Americas occupies a unique position at the core of academic study of the region in the UK, promoting, coordinating and providing a focus for research and postgraduate teaching on the Americas - Canada, the Caribbean, Latin America and the United States.

Research on the Americas and general interest in the region has been growing steadily in the UK in recent years. Public knowledge of the politics, societies and cultures of the Americas has consequently widened. 

As part of the Institute’s mission to promote specialist regional and comparative knowledge of the Americas, the Institute complements its teaching and research programmes by creating, supporting and coordinating national and international scholarly networks. It actively participates in knowledge exchange, and organises its own large programme of public lectures, seminars and specialist symposia serving the scholarly, diplomatic and public policy communities. 

For individual staff research projects and profiles, as well as their publications, please see our People pages.

We are also proud to support the UCL Americas Research Network, run by Graduate Research students and early career researchers at the Institute of the Americas.


The research carried out at the Institute is principally in nineteenth and twentieth century history and in the social sciences, (notably in the fields of politics, human rights, globalisation, development policy, and environmental sociology as well as through interdisciplinary perspectives on gender, 'race' and ethnicity). 

Our programme of stipendiary and non-stipendiary Visiting Fellowships is also designed to strengthen the connections with colleagues and universities across the Hemisphere as well as to promote a dynamic flow of knowledge exchange.

Current Research

Current Research Projects

In addition to the specialist research interests of academic staff, we support some funded Research Council initiatives, such as Leverhulme fellowships and projects funded by the British Academy, the Newton Fund, and the Art & Humanities Resarch Council.

Research Networks

The UCL Institute of the Americas has established  a number of research networks and gives its support to other scholarly groups by co-organising and hosting events, as well as assisting with publications.

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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.

Publications by individual staff are available on our People pages.