Dr Nick Witham wins the Society for US Intellectual History Dorothy Ross Prize

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Dr Nick Witham, Lecturer in US Political History at the Institute of the Americas, has been awarded the Society for US Intellectual HIstory’s 2017 Dorothy Ross Prize

Funding Success for UCL Americas Alumna

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The London Arts & Humanities Partnership

The Institute of the Americas congratulates Phoebe Martin, a former student of the Institute, who has been awarded doctoral funding by the LAHP/AHRC consortium. Phoebe will work under the supervision of Dr Paulo Drinot, UCL Institute of the Americas, and Dr Jelke Boesten, KCL Department of International Development, on a project on feminist activism and cultural contestation in contemporary Peru.

Maxine Molyneux Interviewed by Argentina's Pagina 12

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Read Pagina 12's interview to UCL Americas Professor of Sociology, Maxine Molyneux. (Spanish only).

UCL Americas Course at Foreign and Commonwealth Office

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UCL Americas at FCO
UCL Americas at FCO
From L to R: Dr Néstor Castañeda, Lecturer in Latin American Political Economy; Dr Kate Saunders-Hastings, Lecturer in Latin American Studies; Dr Paulo Drinot, Senior Lecturer in Latin American History; Dr Par Engstrom, Senior Lecturer in Human Rights; PhD candidate Iván Lobo

AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award Studentship at UCL Americas

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We are pleased to announce the success of our bid to gain one of these competitive awards, led by Dr Kate Quinn (UCL Americas) and Dr Elizabeth Cooper (The British Library). The Institute of the Americas (University College London) and the British Library are now inviting applications for the fully-funded AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award PhD studentship: Future Pasts: British-Caribbean Popular Culture and the Politics of History, 1948-1998. The deadline for receipt of applications is 5pm, Friday, 14 April 2017 and shortlisted candidates will be invited promptly for interviews held on 24 April 2017.

Peace Brigades International (PBI) Publishes Article by UCL Americas MA Student

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Peace Brigades International UK

UCL Americas MA Latin American Studies Alexandra Nawrat has just had an article published by non-government organisation Peace Brigades International (UK). The published piece is on the topic of the fight for judicial independence in Honduras, following a visit to the Institute by Honduran judge Adan Guillermo López Lone in December last year. Please read the article in full here.

Sir Keir Starmer MP delivers the UCL Americas Annual Eleanor Roosevelt Lecture

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Sir Keir Starmer delivers the Annual Eleanor Roosevelt Lecture at UCL Institute of the Americas

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UCL Americas was pleased to host Sir Keir Starmer MP on February 9, 2017, to deliver this year's edition of our Annual Eleanor Roosevelt Lecture, on the topic of human rights after Brexit. Please listen to the podcast here.

Iwan Morgan's Article on 'the White House battle'

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Professor Iwan Morgan on US election: Latest email news makes 'Clinton an issue'

The Prospect has published an article by Iwan Morgan, Professor of US Studies at UCL Americas and Commonwealth Fund Professor of American History at UCL History, on the 'turf war between Steve Bannon’s group and cabinet officials'. Read the article in full here.

IISS Journal Publishes Article by UCL Americas Paul Angelo

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Paul Angelo

The prestigious journal of the International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS) has recently published the article 'The Colombian Peace Process: Trial and Error' by UCL Americas PhD candidate Paul Angelo. Read the article in full by following the link here. Paul is currently working on a comparative study of U.S. efforts to encourage security sector reform in Colombia, Mexico, and Honduras. More about Paul here.

Kevin Middlebrook Interview on Proposed Mexico Wall

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Professor Kevin Middlebrook

Listen to Professor Kevin Middlebrook's January 27 interview on TalkRadio on the current state of relations between Mexico and USA over the US president's plan to build a wall along the Mexico border:

Professor Robert Mason Associate Fellow at UCL Americas

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Professor Robert Mason (Edinburgh and Associate Fellow at UCL Americas)

UCL Americas is honored to inform that Professor Robert Mason (Edinburgh) has recently joined our distinguished Associate Fellowship. Professor Mason is Professor of Twentieth-Century US History at the University of Edinburgh. Between 2008 and 2010 he was chair of the Scottish Association for the Study of America, and between 2008 and 2011 a member of the British Association for American Studies executive committee.

New Book by UCL Americas Alumnus

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Por que los jovenes chilenos rechazan la politica? by Juan Venegas

UCL Americas congratulates alumnus Juan Ignacio Venegas Muggli on the recent publication of his book ¿Por que los jovenes chilenos rechazan la politica? (RiL Editores, 2016). Dr Venegas is currently an analyst at Chile's Public Prosecutor's Office as well as a lecturer at the Universidad Diego Portales. He obtained his PhD from UCL Americas in 2014.

Emily Morris Cuba Article Published by 'Foreign Affairs'

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Dr Emily Morris

'Cuba's Road Ahead' is the title of the article written by Dr Emily Morris (UCL Americas Honorary Research Fellow, and Country Economist at the Inter-American Development Bank) recently published by 'Foreign Affairs'. Please follow this link to read the full article. 

Postgraduate student Josh Hollands wins SLSA Robert H. Zieger Prize

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Joshua Hollands

Josh Hollands, Postgraduate research student at the UCL Institute of the Americas, has won the Southern Labor Studies Association’s Robert Zieger Award.

Cuba After Fidel Castro's Death: Talk at UCL Americas

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La Revolucion es...

On December 13, UCL Americas students and distinguished guests had the opportunity to listen to and discuss with two leading experts on Cuba, Professors Hal Klepak (UCL Americas Visiting Fellow), and Jean Stubbs (UCL Americas Associate Fellow) talking about their reflections and assessment on Cuba after the death of its former leader Fidel Castro (November 25, 2016). This event was convened by Dr Kate Quinn, Lecturer in Caribbean History at UCL Americas. The podcast of their presentations is available here:

UCL Americas announces successful bids for research funding

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Maxine Molyneux and Par Engstrom have both been awarded funding for Global Exchange projects. Professor Molyneux’s funding is to establish a comparative oral history of Second Wave Feminism in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay. Dr Engstrom’s is for the development of a collaborative project on drug policy and human rights in Latin America. We warmly congratulate them.

Professor Maxine Molyneux to serve on DFID Advisory Panel

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Professor Maxine Molyneux

Maxine Molyneux, Professor of Sociology at UCL Americas, has been appointed to serve on the advisory panel of a large scale research project on Social Accountability in Social Protection at the Department for International Development (DFID). The research will be conducted in 5 countries and is to be carried out by Development Pathways. 

Call for papers: 'Borders vs Bridges' - extended to January 13 2017

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UCL Americas Research Network

Following the success of our 1st and 2nd International Conferences, the
UCL Americas Research Network invites postgraduate students and early
career researchers working on any aspect of the Americas to participate in
our 3rd International Conference: ‘Nationalism and Transnationalism in the
Americas.’ Please consult the call in full here, and send your abstracts (between 250-300 words) together with a short biography to by 5pm on Friday 13th January 2017.

UCL Americas Alumna Curates Mexico's Dia de los Muertos Exhibition at London Gallery

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Colourful Greys

Giovanna Violi (MA Caribbean and Latin American Studies, 2013-15) is the curator of Colourful Greys: Liminal Spaces Between Life and Death, Appreciation and Appropriation at the Square Gallery in London. Far from claiming a complete rendering of all Dia de los Muertos aspects and nuances, this exhibition is aimed at giving the viewer a snippet of what this astonishing celebration is like as observed, experienced and thought of by several artists, both insiders and outsiders of Mexican culture. A dialogue is thus created between the various points of view, allowing the viewer to appreciate the liminal space that can be found between the realities of life and death, opposite, yet so close to each other as celebrated in Dia de los Muertos, as well as the problematic phenomenon of cultural appropriation, often defended through claims of appreciation, that sometimes affect the festivities. This exhibition runs between December 9 and 11, and is presented by CuratorLove and Osterly.

UCL Americas Team Produces Report on Colombian Peace Process for PBI

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Peace Brigades International UK

UCL Americas PhD candidates Jaskiran Chohan and Ivan Lobo produced a report for Peace Brigades International UK (PBI UK), on the occasion of two separate visits of two distinguished Colombians to the UK: President Santos and renowned Colombian human rights lawyer Reinaldo Villalba from the organisation José Alvear Restrepo Lawyers' Collective (CCAJAR). UCL Americas had the honour of meeting the latter during his stay in London. To read the report please follow this link to the PBI UK's website here.

Iwan Morgan's Reagan Book Named One of Best Politics Books of 2016 by The Times

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Professor Iwan Morgan's book 'Reagan: American Icon' has been named one of the best politics books in 2016 by The Times. Read the article here - registration is required.

Success of student-led interdisciplinary event on political violence in Latin America

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UCL Colombian Society

Congratulations to the UCL Colombian Society, which on November 21 hosted and succesfully delivered the interdisciplinary, multi-collaboration event 'An Insider's View on Non-State Armed Actors: Political Violence, Crime and State Formation in Latin America'. Please read the executive report in full here.

Doctoral Funding Schemes Available at UCL Americas

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The UCL Institute of the Americas is delighted to announce a range of studentships for autumn 2017 entry. Please follow this link for information.
The UCL Institute of the Americas is the UK’s leading specialist institution for the study of Latin America, the United States, the Caribbean and Canada. With a particular focus on modern and contemporary history, politics and public policy, international relations, political economy, development and the environment, the Institute is unique in its multidisciplinary provision and hemispheric scope. The Institute has a strong doctoral and post-doctoral research community, and offers specialist supervision on a wide range of themes and on all four main regions of the Americas.

Global Drug Policy, Human Rights and Public Security: Perspectives from Latin America - Report

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Global Drug Policy, Human Rights and Public Security: Perspectives from Latin America - Report

This report is based on the discussions of a workshop convened by the Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales (CELS), UCL Institute of the Americas, and UCL's Global Governance Institute in June 2016 to assess the outcomes of the United Nations Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem (UNGASS). The event, which brought together representatives from academia, civil society, and government, was held under Chatham House Rule. Please follow this link for the full document.

UCL Americas Hosts Renowned Human Rights Lawyer

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Reinaldo Villalba at UCL Americas

UCL Americas was delighted to host Reinaldo Villalba from the renowned Colombian human rights organisation José Alvear Restrepo Lawyers' Collective (CCAJAR) and Susi Bascon from Peace Brigades International (PBI) UK on Thursday 3 November. Together with UCL Americas PhD students Jaskiran Chohan, Ivan Lobo, and Sebastian Smart, Dr Par Engstrom expressed his gratitude to Reinaldo for the invaluable opportunity to discuss with him the current state of the peace talks and the important work of CCAJAR in Colombia.

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