UCL Institute of the Americas


Dr William Booth

Dr William Booth


Lecturer (Teaching) in Latin American History

Departmental Tutor
Undergraduate Programme Director


Bill Booth is a Lecturer (Teaching) in Latin American History. He is a historian of Western Hemisphere lefts in the modern period, with a particular focus on socialists and communists in post-revolutionary Mexico. He also works on Cold War historiography and on transnational intellectual networks.

Bill did his PhD in London at the Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London. From 2017-21 he was Lecturer in Modern History at St. Catherine’s College, University of Oxford. He previously taught at Warwick, LSE and Johns Hopkins (Bologna), as well as prior stints at UCL History in 2015-16 and 2019-21.

Major publications

Media appearances/public engagement

Bill is a regular contributor on Latin American politics and history on LBC Radio. He is also host of the Radical Americas podcast, as well as editor of the Radical Americas Journal.

Teaching Summary


AMER0074: History and Politics of Latin America c.1930 to the Present

AMER0083: Latin American Revolutions

Postgraduate Taught:

AMER0027: Histories of Exclusion: Race and Ethnicity in Latin America