Institute of the Americas


About Us

The UCL Institute of the Americas was established in July 2012, as part of the Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences. We are a leading multidisciplinary specialist institution for the study of Latin America, the United States, the Caribbean and Canada, and act as a focal point in the UK for students and researchers seeking to develop in-depth regional and continental knowledge of the Americas.

We offer the largest teaching portfolio on the Americas in the UK, specialising in the social sciences and modern history of the Americas, comprising six taught postgraduate degrees, specialist supervision to doctoral level, and in September 2018 we launch our first undergraduate degree programmes.

Our research 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.

The institute runs a suite of free events to support our teaching and research, and we work with colleagues at UCL and globally to promote cutting-edge research, teaching and public policy debate on the Americas. We believe that specialist knowledge of regions flourishes in an environment where the integration of interdisciplinary teaching and research is valued and is supported by in-depth expertise, world-class libraries and excellent facilities.